Wednesday, January 20, 2016

God Has Pity on Kindergarten Children

- Yehuda Amichai

God has pity on kindergarten children,
He pities school children -- less.
But adults he pities not at all.

He abandons them,
And sometimes they have to crawl on all fours
In the scorching sand
To reach the dressing station,
Streaming with blood.

But perhaps
He will have pity on those who love truly
And take care of them
And shade them
Like a tree over the sleeper on the public bench.

Perhaps even we will spend on them
Our last pennies of kindness
Inherited from mother,

So that their own happiness will protect us
Now and on other days.                         

1 comment:

  1. Malheur Before Dawn- William Stafford

    An owl sound wandered along the road with me.

    I didn’t hear it—I breathed it into my ears.

    Little ones at first, the stars retired, leaving
    polished little circles on the sky for a while.

    Then the sun began to shout from below the horizon.
    Throngs of birds campaigned, their music a tent of sound.

    From across a pond, out of the mist,
    one drake made a V and said its name.

    Some vast animal of sound began to rouse
    from the reeds and lean outward.

    Frogs discovered their national anthem again.
    I didn’t know a ditch could hold so much joy.

    So magic a time it was that I was both brave and afraid.
    Some day like this might save the world.

    - William Stafford