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Poem

Lali Tsipi Michaeli

BODY

I know I'm a spirit and I have a body

I know I'm a spirit and I have a chair

I know I'm a spirit and I have a floor

Right wall left wall front wall and back wall

I know there is a wooden floor beneath me and a high ceiling

I know I have a chair I have a place I have a tombstone

Why mention these things

Improve improve yourself

Once again

I have a table

I have a chair I have a body

Anyway I'm

A spirit

Wandering above the body and what's the body to me

Body micro-body

What has it got to do with me

Why all of a sudden did I decide to take a body

My micro-body well-kept

In which I labour

So much labour for the spirit

Body for spirit

Body

גּוּף

גּוּף


אֲנִי יוֹדַעַת שֶׁאֲנִי רוּחַ וְשֶׁיֵּשׁ לִי 
 
אֲנִי יוֹדַעַת שֶׁאֲנִי רוּחַ וְשֶׁיֵּשׁ לִי כִּסֵּא
 
אֲנִי יוֹדַעַת שֶׁאֲנִי רוּחַ וְשֶׁיֵּשׁ לִי רִצְפָּה
 
קִיר יְמָנִי קִיר שְׂמָאלִי קִיר קִדְמִי וְקִיר אֲחוֹרִי
 
אֲנִי יוֹדַעַת שֶׁיֵּשׁ תַּחְתַּי רִצְפַּת פַּרְקֶט וְתִקְרָה גְּבֹהָה.
 
אֲנִי יוֹדַעַת שֶׁיֵּשׁ לִי כִּסֵּא. יֵשׁ לִי מָקוֹם יֵשׁ לִי מַצֵּבָה
 
לָמָּה לְהַזְכִּיר כָּאֵלֶּה דְּבָרִים
 
 
שַׁפְּרִי שַׁפְּרִי אֶת עַצְמֵךְ
 
הִנֵּה שׁוּב
 
יֵשׁ לִי שֻׁלְחָן
 
יֵשׁ לִי כִּסֵּא יֵשׁ לִי גּוּף
 
אֲנִי בְּכֹל מִקְרֶה
 
רוּחַ
 
רוּחַ מְשׁוֹטֶטֶת מֵעַל גּוּף וּמַה לִי וּלַגּוּף
 
גּוּף גּוּפִיפוֹן
 
מַה לִי וְלוֹ
 
מַה פִּתְאוֹם הֶחְלַטְתִּי לָקַחַת גּוּף
 
גּוּפִיפוֹן שֶׁלִּי הַמְּטֻפָּח
 
שֶׁאֲנִי מַשְׁקִיעָה בּוֹ
 
מַשְׁקִיעָה בּוֹ כ"כ לְמַעַן הָרוּחַ
 
לְמַעַן הָרוּחַ גּוּף
 
גּוּף

 

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BODY

I know I'm a spirit and I have a body

I know I'm a spirit and I have a chair

I know I'm a spirit and I have a floor

Right wall left wall front wall and back wall

I know there is a wooden floor beneath me and a high ceiling

I know I have a chair I have a place I have a tombstone

Why mention these things

Improve improve yourself

Once again

I have a table

I have a chair I have a body

Anyway I'm

A spirit

Wandering above the body and what's the body to me

Body micro-body

What has it got to do with me

Why all of a sudden did I decide to take a body

My micro-body well-kept

In which I labour

So much labour for the spirit

Body for spirit

Body

BODY

I know I'm a spirit and I have a body

I know I'm a spirit and I have a chair

I know I'm a spirit and I have a floor

Right wall left wall front wall and back wall

I know there is a wooden floor beneath me and a high ceiling

I know I have a chair I have a place I have a tombstone

Why mention these things

Improve improve yourself

Once again

I have a table

I have a chair I have a body

Anyway I'm

A spirit

Wandering above the body and what's the body to me

Body micro-body

What has it got to do with me

Why all of a sudden did I decide to take a body

My micro-body well-kept

In which I labour

So much labour for the spirit

Body for spirit

Body
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