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Amichai Chasson

Rami Levy in Talpiot

No thoughts come to me tonight, Walt Whitman
and Allen Ginsberg, solitary, childless rogues,
in the supermarket in Talpiot I waver among packages of diapers
watch the supervisor call to the stock boy
to work on the crates of summer squash and the loudspeaker announces
Mr. Rami Levy Mr. Rami Levy is in the store 'O gates
lift up your heads'*
so he may come who says
a shekel and ninety cents for a kilo of tomatoes.  

רָמִי לֵוִי בְּתַלְפִּיוֹּת

רָמִי לֵוִי בְּתַלְפִּיוֹּת

שׁוּם מַחְשָׁבוֹת לֹא פּוֹקְדוֹת אוֹתִי הַלַּיְלָה, ווֹלְט וִיטְמַן
וְאָלֶן גִינְסְבֶּרְג, נוֹכְלִים עֲרִירִיִּים חֲשׂוּכֵי יְלָדִים,
בַּסּוּפֶּרְמַרְקֶט בְּתַלְפִּיּוֹת מִתְלַבֵּט בֵּין מַאַרְזֵי חִתּוּלִים
רוֹאֶה אֶת אַחֲרַאי הַמִּשְׁמֶרֶת קוֹרֵא לְנַעֲרֵי הָאֲרִיזָה
לָשׁוּב לַעֲבֹד מֵאַרְגְּזֵי הַקִּשּׁוּאִים וּבָרַמְקוֹלִים מַכְרִיזִים
אָדוֹן רָמִי לֵוִי אָדוֹן רָמִי לֵוִי נִמְצָא בַּסְּנִיף שְׂאוּ שְׁעָרִים
רָאשֵׁיכֶם וְהִנָּשְׂאוּ פִּתְחֵי עוֹלָם וְיָבוֹא מִי שֶׁאָמַר
לָעַגְבָנִיָּה שֶׁקֶל תִּשְׁעִים לְקִילוֹגְרַם.



 
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Rami Levy in Talpiot

No thoughts come to me tonight, Walt Whitman
and Allen Ginsberg, solitary, childless rogues,
in the supermarket in Talpiot I waver among packages of diapers
watch the supervisor call to the stock boy
to work on the crates of summer squash and the loudspeaker announces
Mr. Rami Levy Mr. Rami Levy is in the store 'O gates
lift up your heads'*
so he may come who says
a shekel and ninety cents for a kilo of tomatoes.  

Rami Levy in Talpiot

No thoughts come to me tonight, Walt Whitman
and Allen Ginsberg, solitary, childless rogues,
in the supermarket in Talpiot I waver among packages of diapers
watch the supervisor call to the stock boy
to work on the crates of summer squash and the loudspeaker announces
Mr. Rami Levy Mr. Rami Levy is in the store 'O gates
lift up your heads'*
so he may come who says
a shekel and ninety cents for a kilo of tomatoes.  
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