Lineup: A Poem by Yossi Sarid

'I Went to a Famous Man’s Funeral'

Yossi Sarid's poem strikes a heartfelt note following his death.

Yossi Sarid.
Rafi Kotz

 Lineup

 Yossi Sarid

I went to a famous man’s funeral.

I didn’t recognize the young people because of their youth
and I didn’t recognize the old people because they had aged.

If there were a police lineup for me today,
I’d have a hard time identifying myself.

They’d need to have photos of me
that were posted up
at all the stations of my life
in the days when I was wanted.

Translated from Hebrew by Vivian Eden, from “Shirim Aharei” (“Poems  After”), Even Hoshen 2010.