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And when they saw me enter,
the thin one stood
and announced:
T h a t’s
that.
A final sample of Zach are these playful variations on phrases
from Psalms (103:15) and Job (5:7):
As for man, as grass are his days.
His days are as grass.
The days of man are as grass
his days.
Do not fear.
Man unto trouble is born.
Is born unto trouble.
Man is born unto trouble
is born.
Do not fear.
And the sparks upward fly.
Upward the sparks.
And the sparks upward fly
upward.
Do not fear.
For another example of serious pleasantry Miss Dalia Raviko-
vitch may be permitted to speak, with her disarming grace, for
an ever-increasing group of young women poets, on the subject
of “Love” :
Two fish there were in a hurry,
to the depths of the sea they went down,
and there they told each other
how great their love had grown.
Two fish dove deep and stayed
in the depths of the sea below,
and the further out they swam
the greater their love did grow.
And they never came up to the shore again,
those deep-sea-lovers two.
No mortal tongue could ever tell all
their love, how great it grew.
One might expect this lightness of touch to sire a wealth of
tuneful lyrics; but D. Avidan has deplored (perhaps excessively)
the lack of imagination in the average Israeli song, making
honorable exceptions of those by H. Hefer and by two lesser
but gifted newcomers, Dan Almagor and Naomi Shemer.11 Avi-
11
“Like the Broken Rhyme,” pp. 419-423 in the 10th anniversary num-
ber of
Moznayim
(Scales, April-May, 1958), the official magazine of the
Association of Hebrew Writers in Israel.