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returning thanks for ambiguity and doubt...

Two poems that have recently found me offer a subtle sense that my year of wandering and beholding without a specific plan is on target. The first comes from the work of Israel's greatest modern poet, Yehuda Amichai. His translator Robert Alter calls him "the most widely read Hebrew poet since King David." 

Born in Germany in 1924, Amichai left that country at age twelve with his family and journeyed to Palestine. During the 1948 Arab-Israeli war he fought with the Israeli defense forces. The rigors and horrors of his service in this conflict, and in World War II, inform his poetry, although he is never ideological. (for more info: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/yehuda-amicha)i

His words celebrate ambiguity - even doubt - resonating with what is turning into an invigorating season of desert spirituality for me.

From the place where we are right

flowers will never grow
in the Spring.

The place where we are right
is hard and trampled
like a yard.

But doubts and loves
dig up …

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