Men killed since the Mandate years are at night
listening to the BBC and sobbing.
The detained in Acre Prison have
yet to break the hunger strike of the 1936 revolt
And people at Mandelbaum Gate are still waiting
For Hell to open.
a language is trying to mend a land
that it may embody the naked
in this hallowed exile
at the world’s end.
droplets of blood are seeping
from a word as if it were the foot
of Jesus Christ.
—Translated by Kamal Boullata