Autumn Sky Poetry . . . Number 15 . . .


     poem by Rivka Keren, translated from the Hebrew by Yael Politis

Crazy girl, people winked
From their white windows and their white balconies
That girl is crazy, they laughed
Her eyes are crazy
And crushed fish heads on her doorstep are of no avail
And the remedies of lead and urine we use in these cases are of no avail
And the witchcraft of her fathers is of no avail
Crazy girl, her spirit like the spirit of a stray dog
Take care my flowers, take care of yourselves
That girl is crazy
Her blood is crazy and her eyes and we have said no more
Our windows white, our balconies white, ordinary people we are
And crazy girl is burning always from afar . . .

Rivka Keren (born Katalin Friedländer in Debrecen, Hungary, July 24, 1946) is an Israeli writer. She immigrated to Israel in 1957 and studied painting, philosophy, literature and clinical psychology. She has published fourteen books for adults, adolescents, and children, has won numerous literary prizes, and her work has been translated into English, German, Spanish, Russian, Hungarian, and Braille. Her novels, stories, and poems are a study of human nature, the destructiveness of evil and revenge, and the power of hope and love. She currently resides in Florida and is married with two grown children.

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