Literature and Poetry/
Tu B'Av

Yehuda Amichai

The Two of Us Together & Each One Alone

Look sweetie- one more summer's turned dark

And my dad hasn't come to the amusement park.

The seesaw still goes up and down.

The two of us together and each one alone.

The horizon loses its ships off the shore.

Hard to hold onto a thing anymore.

The fighters crouched behind the hill.

How much we need of mercy still!

The two of us together and each one alone.

The moon is sawing the clouds in two.

Let hand-to-hand love bring me against you.

We alone will make love where the two camps fight.

Perhaps we can still make everything right.

The two of us together and each one alone.

My love has changed me, it seems plain,

As the salt sea to drops of sweet first rain.

I am brought to you slowly, and I fall.

Receive me.  No angel redeems us at all.

Because the two of us are together.  Each is alone.

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