Samuel Menashe

(September 16, 1925 – August 22, 2011 / New York City)

Small Kingdom - Poem by Samuel Menashe

In their doorways women sit sewing
By the good light of afternoon
And nothing is beyond knowing
Though the sun shall go down soon

A shepherdess near a bramble ditch
And the Princess in the Alcazar
Keep the same precise stitch
And they both can see far

And when the knell tolls
All are wondering who—
If it is a lady, many bells
For a beggar, one will do


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Poem Submitted: Friday, December 16, 2011



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