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Poem

Nadia Adina Rose

LENGTH

Our family tree has not
sprouted many branches.
Flocks of
single women
sat on them
like on single narrow
single beds.

Aunt Anna and Aunt Leah
picked apples
for strudel filling.
The dough that swelled
and swelled in the nights
they rolled out flat to the length
and width of their loneliness.
Crumbs of the days were scattered
among the birds.

אֹרֶךְ

אֹרֶךְ

אִילַן מִשְׁפַּחְתֵּנוּ לֹא
הִצְמִיחַ עֲנָפִים רַבִּים.
לַהֲקוֹת נָשִׁים
רַוָּקוֹת
יָשְׁבוּ עֲלֵיהֶם
כְּמוֹ עַל מִטּוֹת יָחִיד
צָרוֹת.

דּוֹדָה אָנָה וְדוֹדָה לֵאָה
קָטְפוּ תַּפּוּחִים
לְמִלּוּי שְׁטְרוּדֶלִים.
אֶת הַבָּצֵק שֶׁתָּפַח
וְתָפַח בַּלֵּילוֹת
רִדְּדוּ לְאֹרֶךְ
וּלְרֹחַב בְּדִידוּתָן.
פֵּרוּרֵי הַיָּמִים חֻלְּקוּ
בֵּין צִפֳּרִים.
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LENGTH

Our family tree has not
sprouted many branches.
Flocks of
single women
sat on them
like on single narrow
single beds.

Aunt Anna and Aunt Leah
picked apples
for strudel filling.
The dough that swelled
and swelled in the nights
they rolled out flat to the length
and width of their loneliness.
Crumbs of the days were scattered
among the birds.

LENGTH

Our family tree has not
sprouted many branches.
Flocks of
single women
sat on them
like on single narrow
single beds.

Aunt Anna and Aunt Leah
picked apples
for strudel filling.
The dough that swelled
and swelled in the nights
they rolled out flat to the length
and width of their loneliness.
Crumbs of the days were scattered
among the birds.
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
LantarenVenster – Verhalenhuis Belvédère