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m e n to f defeat. From the vantage po in t o f “My Time Now” (1976)
the poet strives to dec ipher the meaning o f one’s biography, bu t
concludes tha t “T h e re is nothing like the appeasemen t o f a biog­
raphy when young .” With all the wars fought, a peaceful accep­
tance is still not to be reached; yet the a ttem p t to go back is ju s t as
futile:
Now, with mothers valley of snow,
With the rusty foliage seizing me,
I have not managed to learn a lesson
of sobriety, of acceptance,
nor to understand that challenges
turn to ice.
Still, something stormy stirs my roots -
and exposed, I am drawn to a dubious return
to open-eyed seasons of dream.
(“My Time Now”)
T he best summary o f the state o f m ind o f such an “open-eyed
d ream er ,” who still yearns for the storms o f his roots, is probably
the poignant poem “At This Time, At This Place” (1975). H ere
we witness a sensitive double take o f both time past and time
present as they are spanned by the reflections o f a Romantic-
turned-Imagist:
Mother and her pains. My headache, the usual coffee.
A glance in a book, perhaps, then a dubious brief walk.
Yet gold does not touch the river.
I shoulder clouds only
at this time, at this place.
Is this all I can say ? But I
wished so hard to give mother back
all her fairytales,
to see in the pain a nervous malaise
while absorbing exotic aroma from a cup
and to study books
predicting gardens and moons:
At this time, at this place
In defence of curious Romanticism.