Poem of the Day: A Man In His Life

“A Man In His Life”
by Yehuda Amichai

A man doesn’t have time in his life
to have time for everything.
He doesn’t have seasons enough to have
a season for every purpose. Ecclesiastes
Was wrong about that.
A man needs to love and to hate at the same moment,
to laugh and cry with the same eyes,
with the same hands to throw stones and to gather them,
to make love in war and war in love.
And to hate and forgive and remember and forget,
to arrange and confuse, to eat and to digest
what history
takes years and years to do.

A man doesn’t have time.
When he loses he seeks, when he finds
he forgets, when he forgets he loves, when he loves
he begins to forget.

And his soul is seasoned, his soul
is very professional.
Only his body remains forever
an amateur. It tries and it misses,
gets muddled, doesn’t learn a thing,
drunk and blind in its pleasures
and its pains.

He will die as figs die in autumn,
Shriveled and full of himself and sweet,
the leaves growing dry on the ground,
the bare branches pointing to the place
where there’s time for everything.

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2 responses to “Poem of the Day: A Man In His Life

  1. Yehuda Amicihai is one of the best Israeli Poets, for many generations people in Israel studied his poems in high schools and Universities and were so influenced by him. I love his poems and thanks for publishing such a beautiful poem on your Blog.
    What do you think he meant when he says”And his soul is seasoned, his soul
    is very professional.
    Only his body remains forever
    an amateur?

  2. “And his soul is seasoned, his soul
    is very professional.
    Only his body remains forever
    an amateur?”

    I think it means that although his soul has weathered much in life and knows what is up his body and mind can not always atune itself with it’s inner workings and is continually caught up in living the day to day, but I’m not an expert or anything, just my thoughts as I read it. 🙂 and I say Thank you for publishing it as well..I love it so much!!

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