By Amichai, Yehuda; Mitchell, Stephen; Bloch, Chana; Amichai, Yehuda
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In the world's courtyards, blossoms of stone opened consecrated to strange gods. Trembling ladders dreamt about humans dreaming about them. But he saw the world, the slightly torn lining of the world. And was awake like many lit stables in Megiddo. Never any rain, never any rain, always raw-voiced love, always quarries. 6. The Queen Enters the Throne Room The dewy rose of her dark pudenda was doubled in the mirrored floor. His agenda seemed superfluous now, and all the provisions he had made for her, the decrees and decisions he had worked out while he was judging the last of the litigants.
Setting Sail She called her thighs to return to each other, knee-cheek to knee-cheek, and her soul was already a zebra of moods, good and bad. In the oven of her body, her heart rotated on a spit. The morning screamed, a tropical rain fell. 23 The forecasters, chained to the spot, forecasted, the engineers of her sleep went out on weary camels, all the little fish of her laughter fled before the shark of her awakening rage. In her armpits faint-hearted corals hid, night-lizards left their footprints on her belly.
27 9 I kiss the hem of my fate, as my father would kiss the side of his prayer-shawl before I would wrap myself deep inside. I will always remember the free summer clouds and always the stars that glimmer beyond our need to decide. 13 Along the summer, along the sandy shoreline of the heart. During the gray stones, at the edge of a lover's incline. Deep within the black ships, under the grief, near the steep wish, inside the wind of time. 18 The driver asked. We answered, All the way. His shoulders said, If that's what you want, okay.