A Jewish Cemetery In Germany by Yehuda Amichai
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On a little hill amid fertile fields lies a small cemetery, a Jewish cemetery behind a rusty gate, hidden by shrubs,

A Jewish Cemetery In Germany by Yehuda Amichai

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,

and there! And as I was about to brush the moss from the name--

Look! an open hand engraved on the tombstone, the grave

of a kohen,

his fingers splayed in a spasm of holiness and blessing,

and here's a grave concealed by a thicket of berries

that has to be brushed aside like a shock of hair

from the face of a beautiful beloved woman.

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