the dead men's thoughts

For divided the world is, and twofold
is the murmur of its regret;
every home has its dead to grieve for,
and the dead their home won't forget.

In our cities, the realm of dejection,
by the dwellers of darkness observed,
our wonderful life to perfection
is suffused by the thoughts of the dead.
from The Mole by Natan Alterman
(part of the Joy of the Poor cycle)


translated by Shimon Edelman <>
Last modified on Tue Dec 26 20:32:54 2006