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Minor Vows.


   The vows that I
   make to myself
   are minor vows: such as
   to visit my father's grave
   on days of joy;
   such as to run in the evening
   after the flight of the herons
   in the distance; to be
   once again a child ascending
   an imaginary tower; to be filled
   with the scent of approaching darkness,
   with the whiteness of flowering citrus.

   The things that I
   wish for myself
   are minor things: such as
   to wander and wander
   until I have gathered enough strength
   to raise the dead.

Translated from the Hebrew by Cindy Eisner Zichron Yaacov, Israel

ELISHA PORAT (1938-2013), a Hebrew poet and writer, published six volumes of poetry as well as works of fiction and literary essays. His exuberant enthusiasm for the subjects of his "literary detection" contrasted sharply with the lyric and contemplative quality of his poetry. Porat's deeply moving elegies have in recent years become part of the Memorial Day ceremonies of many locales, including the official ceremony on Mt. Herd in Jerusalem. He is buried on his kibbutz, Ein HaHoresh.

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Author:Porat, Elisha
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Date:Jan 1, 2013
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