Mother of Two: A Poem for Elul by Yotvat Goren

Mother of Two: A Poem for Elul by Yotvat Goren

(translated from Hebrew)
The King is in the Field!
And I want to race
And go out to seek His face.
To pray, to find,
To gain some peace of mind.
To breathe in, to feel the air
To think deep, and do Teshuva there.

 

Yes, I am racing
–because my baby is hungry
And going out
–To hang up laundry
Praying?
No. Just coping.
Breathing and kissing
Diapering, hugging.
And when I sit down to think
I fall asleep
in a blink.

Don’t worry, little Mom.
This year, to your home
The King will come.

Here’s the original Hebrew version
אִמָּא לִשְׁנַיִם
יטבת גֹרן

!הַמֶּלֶךְ בַּשָּׂדֶה
,ורוֹצָה
בִּמְרוּצָה
לָצֵאת אֵלָיו. לְהִתְבּוֹדֵד
לִמְצֹא, לְהִסְתּוֹדֵד
לִנְשֹׁם וְלִנְשֹׁב
לָרוּץ וְלָשׁוּב

אֲנִי רָצָה
– לְחַמֵּם דַּיְסָה
וְיוֹצֵאת
– לִתְלוֹת כְּבִיסָה
?מִתְבּוֹדֶדֶת
מִתְמוֹדֶדֶת
נוֹשֶׁמֶת וְנוֹשֶׁקֶת
מְחַתֶּלֶת, מְחַבֶּקֶת
וּכְשֶׁיּוֹשֶׁבֶת לַחְשֹׁב
נֶעֱצֶמֶת-

אַל דְּאָגָה אִמֹּנֶת קְטַנָּה
הַמֶּלֶךְ בִּשְׁבִילֵךְ
בַּבַּיִת הַשָּׁנָה

This poem was originally printed in Hallel Magazine

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7 comments

  1. Good to know, and I hope He doesn’t mind the mess!

  2. I needed to hear this today. Thank you for posting.

  3. i want to hang this one on my frig.! i love it!

  4. Can you post it in Hebrew as well please?

  5. that picture is a little creepy!

  6. Beautiful, just what I needed for what is, so far, a hectic and stressful Ellul. Thanks!

  7. SO nice!

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