A feeling of sadness and longing that is not akin to pain, and resembles sorrow only as the mist resembles the rain
Half The People In The World
by Yehuda Amichai
Half the People in the world love the other half,
half the People hate the other half.
Must I because of this half and that half go wandering
and changing ceaselessly like rain in its cycle,
must I Sleep among rocks, and grow rugged like
the trunks of olive trees,
and hear the moon barking at me,
and camouflage my love with worries,
and sprout like frightened grass between the railroad
and live underground like a mole,
and remain with roots and not with branches, and not
feel my cheek against the cheek of angels, and
love in the first cave, and marry my wife
beneath a canopy of beams that support the earth,
and act out my death, always till the last breath and
the last words and without ever understandig,
and put flagpoles on top of my house and a bob shelter
underneath. And go out on rads made only for
returning and go through all the apalling
between the kid and the Angel of death?
Half the People love,
half the People hate.
And where is my place between such well-matched halves,
and through what crack will I see the white housing
projects of my dreams and the bare foot runners
on the sands or, at least, the waving of a girl's
kerchief, beside the mound?