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VCU Menorah Review Winter/Spring 2012
Number 76
For the Enrichment of Jewish Thought

Leaves without Trees

A poem by Yehuda Amichai

Leaves without trees
Must wander.
Blood without a body
Will not return to the basic elements,
It will dry on every road.
And all words must be weaned
From the mouths
To find new ones.
The earth must be cured
Of history
And the stones need to sleep
Even that one
That which killed Goliath must sleep, dark.
But I
Like a garage
Turned into a synagogue,
And again abandoned.
And I
Like the surveyors
Must drive sharpened hopes
With black and white sticks
Far into the desolate plain
Before me.

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