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Translations by Robert Friend

from Found in Translation: A Hundred Years of Modern Hebrew Poetry Edited and introduced by Gabriel Levin. (Menard Press, London, 1999)

Lightly a slight shadow

by Hayim Lenski

Lightly a slight shadow floats on the March snows.
Look! A starling is making its swift flight.
The horizon is pierced by its bill. A chick
from the crack of eggshell-thinness pecks its way.

Another day! Another day!
The stream bursts through its carapace of ice,
and the first thunder
shatters the silence of fields.
To their old nests birds return with a song.
My land, I shall see thee, I will see thee yet.





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