Saturday Poem

Body

I know I’m a spirit and I have a body
I know I’m a spirit and I have a chair
I know I’m a spirit and I have a floor
Right wall left wall front wall and back wall
I know there is a wooden floor beneath me and a high ceiling
I know I have a chair I have a place I have a tombstone
Why mention these things
Improve improve yourself
Once again
I have a table
I have a chair I have a body
Anyway I’m
A spirit
Wandering above the body and what’s the body to me
Body micro-body
What has it got to do with me
Why all of a sudden did I decide to take a body
My micro-body well-kept
In which I labour
So much labour for the spirit
Body for spirit
Body

by  Lali Tsipi Michaeli
from Paint Me Ablaze
publisher: Carmel, Jerusalem, 2008
Translation, Alexa Christopher-Daniels

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