Yehuda Amichai

(1924 - 2000 / Würzburg / Germany)

An Arab Shepherd Is Searching For His Goat On Mount Zion - Poem by Yehuda Amichai

An Arab shepherd is searching for his goat on Mount Zion
And on the opposite hill I am searching for my little boy.
An Arab shepherd and a Jewish father
Both in their temporary failure.
Our two voices met above
The Sultan's Pool in the valley between us.
Neither of us wants the boy or the goat
To get caught in the wheels
Of the "Had Gadya" machine.

Afterward we found them among the bushes,
And our voices came back inside us
Laughing and crying.

Searching for a goat or for a child has always been
The beginning of a new religion in these mountains.


Comments about An Arab Shepherd Is Searching For His Goat On Mount Zion by Yehuda Amichai

  • Rookie - 184 Points Brian Jani (5/13/2014 12:44:00 PM)

    Yehuda Amazing poetic skills here (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie - 0 Points Cantrell Dicky (3/8/2006 9:12:00 AM)

    I loved this very much and was touched buy it's ending
    A very good piece (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003



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