Literature and Poetry/
Chanukah

Matityahu Shalem

Winter

Winter
Has a sound
Of a shrine and a temple
Of a swelling river
Of white waves
Of blocks of clouds
Hurrying to start
Everything
Anew

Winter
Has a sound of one thousand strengths
Of hailstones and rain
Of a stormy wave
Of cruel nature
Of the fear of cold
Of man
And terror

Winter
Has a sound
Of a sleepy birth
Of tranquillity and silence
Of refuge in the earth
Wet and warm
Anxiety
Excitement
 

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