Poetica Magazine

Poetica Magazine

Waiting in 1943

by Ken Been

For Amos


Down in Rishon LeTsiyon

Amos rides a donkey

Avram on the ribs of a bike

and Eitan on foot

three boys

to the reservoir at the orange grove for a swim

pushing aside the algae for a clearing.


Sinless, they roll

down a dune to the watermelons

singing out the math of revolution

the red juices dripping down their summer arms

nothing else to do

the British looking on at their youth

their fathers in the Army

their mothers waiting for the shepherd to return with the town's goats

everyone waiting for the Germans to come from Libya.