Yuval Gila’d

Yuval Gila'd

Yuval Gila’d is a poet, critic and editor. His work appears regularly in main Israeli literary journals. Yuval Gila’d has published four poetry books in Hebrew: Poems of a Monk, Israeli Loneliness, A Cemetery for Poems and Europe.

 
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The silence of the sea of Galilee
is a divine raft
floating in the background
of a religious palm tree

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The silence
of the desert
in the dry heart
of the Zin river
is a divine wound
bathing in emptiness
cleansing itself
from human rattle
in the cold
of the night

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A stone
on the verge
of falling from
a desert slope
Stares into the beauty
of an abyss,
Happy to be
On its way
To total stillness

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The war memorial monument
Is as white as the face of
The father when he understood
the content of the message
on a dry winter day
where an embarrassed cumulus cloud
failed to drip
a little empathic rain
on a person sentenced
to the throttled scream
of a memorial architecture

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After the war
birds return
to visit trees
that have not
been burned down
and when they’re chirping
the forests’ eyes are flooded
with leafy tears
falling to the ground

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The clock tower
in Jaffas’ center
is a turret
of loneliness
A grey time
stands tired
like the security guard
of a bank
waiting in the empty square
for the sea wind
or the scent of a woman
to pass by

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The Mediterranean Sea
Opens in front of you
like a torah ark
when you dive in,
empty of your deeds,
while the nude sand
is thirsty for a prayer
in the language
of the waves

 
All poems on this post: © Yuval Gila’d
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