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Tehila Hakimi

WHAT IT IS

Woman, if you don’t know what it is
to be a woman, to be a womb with which
you do what a woman is supposed to do
with a womb, a word gendered male, I’ve checked,
a word that comes from compassion but has no compassion for you
woman, when they tell you what to do with your womb
you don’t feel anything like compassion for others
and what’s in your womb is the other
for what have you come here now
why did you get up
for what are you a woman at all,
go back to the womb you came from.

מה זה

מה זה

אִשָּׁה, אִם אַתְּ לֹא יוֹדַעַת מָה זֶה
לִהְיוֹת אִשָּׁה, לִהְיוֹת רֶחֶם שֶׁעוֹשָׂה
אִתָּהּ מָה שֶׁאִשָּׁה אֲמוּרָה לַעֲשׂוֹת עִם
רֶחֶם, מִלָּה מִמִּין זָכַר, בָּדַקְתִּי, מִלָּה שֶׁבָּאָה
מְרַחֲמִים אֲבָל אֵין עָלַיִךְ רַחֲמִים
אִשָּׁה, כְּשֶׁאוֹמְרִים לָךְ מָה עִם הָרֶחֶם שֶׁלָּךְ
אַתְּ לֹא מַרְגִּישָׁה שׁוּם דָּבָר שֶׁקָּשׁוּר לְרַחֲמֵי הַזּוּלָת
וּמָה יֵשׁ מִלְּבַד הַזּוּלָת בְּתוֹךְ הָרֶחֶם שֶׁלָּךְ
בִּשְׁבִיל מָה בָּאת לְכָאן עַכְשָׁו
לָמָּה קַמְתְּ
בִּשְׁבִיל מָה אַתְּ אִשָּׁה אִם בִּכְלָל,
תַּחְזְרִי לָרֶחֶם שֶׁמִּמֶּנָּה בָּאת
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WHAT IT IS

Woman, if you don’t know what it is
to be a woman, to be a womb with which
you do what a woman is supposed to do
with a womb, a word gendered male, I’ve checked,
a word that comes from compassion but has no compassion for you
woman, when they tell you what to do with your womb
you don’t feel anything like compassion for others
and what’s in your womb is the other
for what have you come here now
why did you get up
for what are you a woman at all,
go back to the womb you came from.

WHAT IT IS

Woman, if you don’t know what it is
to be a woman, to be a womb with which
you do what a woman is supposed to do
with a womb, a word gendered male, I’ve checked,
a word that comes from compassion but has no compassion for you
woman, when they tell you what to do with your womb
you don’t feel anything like compassion for others
and what’s in your womb is the other
for what have you come here now
why did you get up
for what are you a woman at all,
go back to the womb you came from.
Sponsors
Gemeente Rotterdam
Nederlands Letterenfonds
Stichting Van Beuningen Peterich-fonds
Ludo Pieters Gastschrijver Fonds
Hendrik Muller fonds
Lira fonds
J.E. Jurriaanse
Literature Translation Institute of Korea
Partners
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