A poem from Rajzel Zychlinski's book of English translations from the
Yiddish: "God Hid His Face" 1997, (p. 48), sent by son
Marek Kanter in honor of the poet's 90th birthday, celebrated on July 27th, 2000.

The poem originally published in the Yiddish poems book of Rajzel Zychlinski: "Shvaygndike Teern" Silent Doors, New York, 1962.

Translated by Barnett Zumoff

 

Rajzel Zychlinsky:

I Remember

Dedicated to Jacob Patt

I remember -
It was a day
like today
-
I was alone in a park.
The benches were empty and abandoned,
as if they knew
that never again
would anyone sit on them.
Slowly the leaves were falling,
counting the autumns on the earth.
Silence was all around,
as before a storm.
In what country was that?
In what city?
It was a temple
without a God
and without worshipers.
And how did I save myself
from there?


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