Anat Zecharia




אנחנו אנחנו

אֲנָשִׁים אַחִים אֲנַחְנוּ
אֲנַחְנוּ בְּשֵׁם
אֲנַחְנוּ אֶל הַמָּקוֹם אֲשֶׁר אָמַר.
אַתֶּם וַאֲנַחְנוּ אַחִים בְּנֵי אָבִינוּ,
גַּם אַתֶּם גַּם אֲנַחְנוּ
רָאשֵׁינוּ בְּרִגְבֵי אַדְמָתֵנוּ.
וְהִנֵּה אֲנַחְנוּ מְאַלְּמִים אֲלֻמִּים בְּתוֹ הַשָּׂדֶה
הִנֵּה אֲנַחְנוּ מְחוֹלְלִים לִפְנֵי גּֽבָעוֹת
שׁוֹחֲטִים לְשֵׁם הָרִים
אֲנַחְנוּ בּוֹנִים אֶת הַחוֹמָה
אֲנַחְנוּ יוֹשְׁבִים פֹּה
אַתֶּם יוֹשְׁבִים פֹּה
אֲנַחְנוּ יוֹשְׁבִים שָׁם
וְאֵי נַעֲמֹד?
אֲנַחְנוּ פָּשַׁטְנוּ שָׂרַפְנוּ בָּאֵשׁ
כֻּלָּנוּ פֹּה חַיִּים.
אֲנַחְנוּ כּוֹבְשִׁים
הִנֵּה אֲנַחְנוּ עוֹבְרִים
מַצְבִּיעִים בָּאֶצְבַּע.
וְיֵשׁ אֲשֶׁר אֲנַחְנוּ אוֹמְרִים בָּנֵינוּ וּבְנוֹתֵינוּ
וְיֵשׁ אֲשֶׁר אַתֶּם אוֹמְרִים שְׂדוֹתֵינוּ וּכְרָמֵינוּ וּבָתֵּינוּ.
אֲבָל אֲנַחְנוּ בַּבַּיִת.
אֲנָשִׁים נְקִיִּים אֲנַחְנוּ
עוֹשִׂים פֹּה הַיּוֹם
אִישׁ כָּל הַיָּשָׁר בְּעֵינָיו.
אֲנַחְנוּ מִתְכַּנְּסִים תַּחַת
תִּקְוַת חוּט הַשָּׁנִי בַּחַלּוֹן
אֲנַחְנוּ מְחַפִּים עֵינַיִם,
מַפְשִׁילִים שַׁרְווּלִים
אֲנַחְנוּ חוֹרֽצִים בְּלַהַב
דָּם חוֹסֵך זֵעָה
אֲנַחְנוּ אוֹמְרִים חוּשׁוּ אַחִים חוּשׁוּ
נֵצַח יִשְׂרָאֵל לֹא יְשַׁקֵּר,
כֵּנִים אֲנַחְנוּ
אֲנַחְנוּ אֲנַחְנוּ.

© Anat Zecharia
Avdio produkcija: Haus für Poesie, 2017


We are brothers
we are in the name of
we are in the place God spoke of.
You and we are brothers children of our fathers
you and we also
our heads in the clods of our earth.
And here we are binding sheaves of wheat in the field [*]
here we dance before hills
slaughter mountains in the name of God [**]
we build the wall
we sit here
you sit here
we sit there
and how will we rise?
We raided, set on fire
we are all alive here.
We conquer
here we are passing through
pointing with a finger.
And there are those of us who say our sons our daughters
and those of you who say our fields our vines and our homes.
But we are at home.
We are unsoiled people
passing the days here
each honest in his own eyes.
We gather in hopes of a line of scarlet thread in the window[***]
we cover our eyes,
roll up sleeves
we cut with a blade,
blood saves sweat
we say hurry brothers hurry
the strength of Israel does not lie [****]
we’re sincere
we’re together.


[*] Genesis 37:7 – Joseph has a dream that disturbs his brothers: “For, behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and, lo, my sheaf arose, and also stood upright; and, behold, your sheaves stood round about, and made obeisance to my sheaf.” [KJV]

[**] According to the Code of Maimonides (2:14), the ritual slaughter of animals may not be made in the name of natural entities such as hills, seas, stars, etc., even if no worship of them is intended; it is also
unacceptable to slaughter animals in the name of the presumed spiritual sources of such natural phenomena. 

[***] Joshua 2:1-22 – A scarlet thread in a window is the signal to protect Rahab, a prostitute who aided Joshua’s spies in Jericho.

[****] Samuel I 15:29 [JPS]