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“The Frightened Pubic Mound”


The frightened pubic mound

denuded by lies

in pain’s crotch,

the thorns separated from the cotton,

I’ve been there and back;

why do these twisted hallucinations

subdue me, soothe

me, raise me, my back

to the wall a moment before the shooting,

my hands in the air, I

surrender, I’m not here at all,

just don’t hurt me sir,

I’m innocent,

I haven’t done anything,

Take pity, pity.


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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