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'I Went to a Famous Man’s Funeral'

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

Yossi Sarid
Yossi Sarid
Yossi Sarid.
Yossi Sarid.Credit: Rafi Kotz
Yossi Sarid
Yossi Sarid


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.

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