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You smile. I have the feeling we worked
beside each other building the Tower.
You said: ‘Would you’
I said: ‘Here’.
We piled high places and toiled at bricks.
Small miracles issued from our hands.

Now every ‘Would you’ meets with silence
and every ‘Here’ is a last act of grace
before our ways are confounded.
Only stammerings and memories stir in Babylonia.
Love songs die out before they catch fire.

You ask for my heart in its wholeness
and I know: once more we are scattered.
We’ll wander alone, one language between us
and our hearts divided, subdivided.

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Ariel Zinder
Jennie Feldman
Original language:
Series 3 No.11 - Frontiers

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Ariel Zinder

Ariel Zinder was born in 1973 in Berkeley, California, then moved to Israel. He lives in Jerusalem, and writes his poetry in...

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Jennie Feldman


Jennie Feldman

Jennie Feldman studied French at Oxford University. Her first collection of poems, The Lost Notebook (2005), was shortlisted f...

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