Treasure Island

Yehuda Amichai

(1924 - 2000 / Würzburg / Germany)

God Full Of Mercy


God-Full-of-Mercy, the prayer for the dead.
If God was not full of mercy,
Mercy would have been in the world,
Not just in Him.
I, who plucked flowers in the hills
And looked down into all the valleys,
I, who brought corpses down from the hills,
Can tell you that the world is empty of mercy.
I, who was King of Salt at the seashore,
Who stood without a decision at my window,
Who counted the steps of angels,
Whose heart lifted weights of anguish
In the horrible contests.

I, who use only a small part
Of the words in the dictionary.

I, who must decipher riddles
I don't want to decipher,
Know that if not for the God-full-of-mercy
There would be mercy in the world,
Not just in Him.


Translated from the Hebrew by Barbara and Benjamin Harshav

Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003

Do you like this poem?
1 person liked.
0 person did not like.

Read poems about / on: god, world, heart, angel, flower

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (God Full Of Mercy by Yehuda Amichai )

Enter the verification code :

  • Rochelle Cashdan (5/18/2008 9:50:00 PM)

    As always, I wonder what the translators have had to strain out, but of course I'm grateful to them for offering the poem. (Report) Reply

Read all 1 comments »

Top Poems

  1. Phenomenal Woman
    Maya Angelou
  2. The Road Not Taken
    Robert Frost
  3. If You Forget Me
    Pablo Neruda
  4. Still I Rise
    Maya Angelou
  5. Dreams
    Langston Hughes
  6. Annabel Lee
    Edgar Allan Poe
  7. If
    Rudyard Kipling
  8. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
    Robert Frost
  9. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings
    Maya Angelou
  10. A Dream Within A Dream
    Edgar Allan Poe

PoemHunter.com Updates

New Poems

  1. Sleeping Summers Beauty, Doug Jones
  2. If William Carlos Williams Had Been Born.., W.B. Keckler
  3. When will heavens love ever decline us?, Mark Heathcote
  4. Winning Bee, Jayatissa Liyanage
  5. Is it Halloween tonight, Mark Heathcote
  6. Buzzing Bee, Jayatissa Liyanage
  7. Question Reality, Monk E. Biz
  8. The Caged, Poet Akinwemimo Idris
  9. Good Are All Nights, Poet Akinwemimo Idris
  10. DEADLY EB OLA VIRUS, Chinweokwu Sunlight M. Ndubu ..

Poem of the Day

poet Alfred Lord Tennyson

It little profits that an idle king,
By this still hearth, among these barren crags,
Match'd with an aged wife, I mete and dole
Unequal laws unto a savage race,
...... Read complete »

   
[Hata Bildir]