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  • Daniella Cohen

"Discourse," by Agi Mishol. Translated by Daniella Cohen.

I say to the hibiscus:

my Lord is God

my Lord is the

and I repeat this over and over

with devotion

and I can’t stop He is the

I sing this proudly from my chest


at the flowers burning like a bush

formless joy bursting from the top of my body, God

is my Lord

now I back up and dive

into the crimson of the hibiscus

to shout and to suckle the honey

that came before me, and now from the roof of the warehouse

he looks at me and I at him

as I speak and thoughts

bounce from my brain, become a blue kingfisher, the God

I explain as I dance, God is the

only thing, my dear.

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