Departure from a place where you had no love
includes the pain of all that did not happen
together with the longing for what will happen after you leave.
~ Yehuda Amichai, with Ted Hughes_____________________________
Quoted from The Poetry of Yehedua Amichai (Farrar, Strauss & Giroux, November 2015), edited by Robert Alter (See the Section "Time", page 257.)
Yehuda Amichi (1924-2000), Israeli Poet
Read Adam Kirsch's article "Amichai: The Tolerant Irony of Israel's National Poet" in Tablet, December 21, 2015; and James Wood's article "Like a Prayer" in The New Yorker, January 4, 2016.