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A Jewish Cemetery In Germany

Rating: 3.4

On a little hill amid fertile fields lies a small cemetery,
a Jewish cemetery behind a rusty gate, hidden by shrubs,
abandoned and forgotten. Neither the sound of prayer
nor the voice of lamentation is heard there
for the dead praise not the Lord.
Only the voices of our children ring out, seeking graves
and cheering
each time they find one--like mushrooms in the forest, like
wild strawberries.
Here's another grave! There's the name of my mother's

mothers, and a name from the last century. And here's a name,
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Karen Deeks 12 March 2012

This is probably the poem which encourages the deepest thoughts and emotions that I have read to date.. Beautifully visual... Karen

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Rochelle Cashdan 18 May 2008

I wish I could read, hear the sound of the original poem but am thankful for the translation. Amichai once again has something to say and, oh, how well he expresses it.

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