Yehuda Amichai

(1924 - 2000 / Würzburg / Germany)

I Don't Know If History Repeats Itself Poem by Yehuda Amichai


I don't Know if history repeats itself
But I do know that you don't.

I remember that city was divided
Not only between Jews and Arabs,
But Between me and you,
When we were there together.

We made ourselves a womb of dangers
We built ourselves a house of deadening wars
Like men of far north
Who build themselves a safe warm house of deadening ice.

The city has been reunited
But we haven't been there together.
By now I know
That History doesn't repeat itself,
As I always knew that you wouldn't.

Submitted: Wednesday, April 14, 2010

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