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Amichai Chasson

Megalomania in Catalonia

we stand before the gates of Camp Nou,
your guards welcoming, your believers polite,
your doorposts greased with bacon

this Messiah was born fifteen days
after my birthday, the crowd roars at him
   Messi!    The Flea!

from our place in the bleachers it is clear
I’m taller than he is
by some seven centimeters
and I shout Cristo!            

שיגעון גדלות בקטלוניה

שיגעון גדלות בקטלוניה

עוֹמְדוֹת רַגְלֵינוּ בִּשְׁעָרֶיךָ קַאמְפּ נוֹאוֹ
וְשׁוֹמְרֶיךָ מַסְבִּירֵי פָּנִים וּמַאֲמִינֶיךָ מְנֻמָּסִים
וּמַשְׁקוֹפֶיךָ מְשֻׁמָּנִים בְּקָתְלֵי חֲזִירִים 

הַמָּשִׁיחַ נוֹלַד חֲמִשָּׁה עָשָׂר יוֹם
אַחֲרֵי יוֹם הֻלַּדְתִּי, הֶהָמוֹן שׁוֹאֵג לוֹ
מֵסִי! הַפַּרְעוֹשׁ!

מִמְּקוֹמֵנוּ בַּיָּצִיעַ רוֹאִים בְּבֵרוּר:
אֲנִי גָּבוֹהַּ מִמֶּנּוּ
בְּשִׁבְעָה עָשָׂר סֶנְטִימֶטְרִים
וְצוֹעֵק לוֹ כְּרִיסְטוּס!
 
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Megalomania in Catalonia

we stand before the gates of Camp Nou,
your guards welcoming, your believers polite,
your doorposts greased with bacon

this Messiah was born fifteen days
after my birthday, the crowd roars at him
   Messi!    The Flea!

from our place in the bleachers it is clear
I’m taller than he is
by some seven centimeters
and I shout Cristo!            

Megalomania in Catalonia

we stand before the gates of Camp Nou,
your guards welcoming, your believers polite,
your doorposts greased with bacon

this Messiah was born fifteen days
after my birthday, the crowd roars at him
   Messi!    The Flea!

from our place in the bleachers it is clear
I’m taller than he is
by some seven centimeters
and I shout Cristo!            
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