Yehuda Amichai (May 3, 1924 – September 22, 2000, was an Israeli poet.
Amichai is considered by many to be the greatest modern Israeli poet, and was one of the first to write in colloquial Hebrew.
PEOPLE IN THE DARK ALWAYS SEE
People in the dark always see people
In the light. It’s an old truth, since sun and night
Were created, people and darkness, and electricity.
A truth exploited by those who make war
For easy killing in an ambush, a truth that enables
The unhappy to see the happy, and the lonely—people in love
In a brightly lit room.
Yet true life is led between dark and light:
“I locked the door,” you said,
An important sentence, full of destiny.
I still remember the words,
But I forgot on which side of the door they were said,
Inside or outside.
And from the only letter I wrote to you
I remember only the bitter taste of
The stamp’s glue on my tongue.
YOUR LIFE AND DEATH, FATHER
Your life and death, father,
Lie on my shoulders.
My little wife will bring
Let us drink, father,
To the flowers, to the ideas,
I who was your hope
Now am hoped no more.
Your open mouth, father,
Sang and I didn’t hear.
The tree in the yard was a prophet
And I didn’t know.
Only your walk, father,
Still walking in my blood.
Once you were my guardian,
Now I am your guard.