Hakoter shel haptzaza
Jehuda Amichai (1924-2000)
 
The diameter of the bomb
 
 
The diameter of the bomb was thirty centimeters
And the diameter of the crater at the detonation locum was seven meters
And therein were four killed and eleven wounded
And around these, in a larger periphery
Of pain and time, two hospitals were scattered
And a cemetery. Yet the young woman
Who was buried in the place from which she came
More than hundred kilometers distance
Enlarges the circle by much
And the lonely man, who mourned her death
Very much at the back in one of the far countries behind the sea
The entire world is enclosed into the circle
And I do not speak at all about the cry of the orphans
That reaches up to the throne of God . And beyond that
And makes the circle of infinite size
And Godless

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