Daily Poem – Ararat

July 18, 2006


by Dan Pagis
Translated by Jeff Friedman and Nati Zohar

After the ark plunges out of the water
and the survivors, in the chaos
of their happiness, burst
onto dry land, they dance
under the bluest sky they’ve ever seen,
shaking their hips and lifting their arms
and shouting for their prey.
And when the rainbow vaults across the sky
and the doves vanish into the light,
they know they’ve been saved.
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