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Rain and Deceit

In every city a strange man

waits for her, sad and circumspect as her childhood

cypress growing in the courtyard of the house,

he offers her a home.

Her docile voice tells her to enter,

her inner voice,

she need only choose,

to soar

on a cloud as transparent as a lie

in the corner of her eye.

She can truly believe

in this;

she invests the better part of her power

in this;

puzzling ruses struggle

to come out, as at a parting hour

she learned to prolong and cut short,

in the depths of her delusion.

İRachel Eshed. İtr. David Cooper. The Hebrew text is a digitized copy taken from
HAVTACHOT KATANOT(LITTLE PROMISES) published by Hakibbutz Hameuchad Publishing House Ltd., P.O.B. 1432, Bnei Brak 51114 (Tel Aviv) in 1996; with permission.


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