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Gina Clark United States (3/12/2014 8:16:00 PM)

Hello, I'm looking for a poem I read in college...

About watching a couple of sunbathers, young girls, on the beach in Bolinas California
One line I remember; 'their souls opening and closing, opening and closing...'

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  • Laura Burns (3/15/2014 1:14:00 PM) Post reply Stage

    NORTH OF SAN FRANCISCO
    by Yehuda Amichai

    Here the soft hills touch the ocean
    like one eternity touching another
    and the cows grazing on them
    ignore us, like angels.
    Even the scent of ripe melon in the cellar
    is a prophecy of peace.

    The darkness doesn't war against the light,
    it carries us forward
    to another light, and the only pain
    is the pain of not staying.

    In my land, called holy,
    they won't let eternity be:
    they've divided it into little religions,
    zoned it for God-zones,
    broken it into fragments of history,
    sharp and wounding unto death.
    And they've turned its tranquil distances
    into a closeness convulsing with the pain of the present.

    On the beach at Bolinas, at the foot of the wooden steps,
    I saw some girls lying in the sand bare-bottomed,
    their heads bowed, drunk
    on the kingdom everlasting,
    their souls like doors
    closing and opening,
    closing and opening inside them
    to the rhythm of the surf.

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