A beautiful poem

8 04 2010
I came across this very beautiful poem by the Israel’s poet laureate, Yehuda Amichai, the other day and I immediately fell in love with it.  It defintely struck a chord with me.
 
A Man In His Life
 
A man doesn’t have time in his life
to have time for everything.
He doesn’t have seasons enough to have
a season for every purpose. Ecclesiastes
Was wrong about that.

A man needs to love and to hate at the same moment,
to laugh and cry with the same eyes,
with the same hands to throw stones and to gather them,
to make love in war and war in love.
And to hate and forgive and remember and forget,
to arrange and confuse, to eat and to digest
what history
takes years and years to do.

A man doesn’t have time.
When he loses he seeks, when he finds
he forgets, when he forgets he loves, when he loves
he begins to forget.

And his soul is seasoned, his soul
is very professional.
Only his body remains forever
an amateur. It tries and it misses,
gets muddled, doesn’t learn a thing,
drunk and blind in its pleasures
and its pains.

He will die as figs die in autumn,
Shriveled and full of himself and sweet,
the leaves growing dry on the ground,
the bare branches pointing to the place
where there’s time for everything.

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3 responses

9 04 2010
Sunita

Beautiful.. chala bagundi.

24 04 2010
Deepu

Ecclesiastes is a bookin Bible written by one of the great kings of Israel – Solomon. He is a great philosopher and teacher of his times. The author of the poem has penned exactly opposite to what was written by the teacher.
The author must have written this poem when he was going through a lot of distress and discouragement in his life I guess…

24 04 2010
sireeshaavvari

It might just be his perspective. As far as I’m concerned Man and Life are full of contradictions. There can be as many perspectives as can be! 🙂 Ha, He did mention Ecclesiastes in the poem.. 😐

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