Homage to Benny Lehman
Tonight it’ll happen, you say,
Prophecies will be fulfilled,
Anticipated anger will sabotage and render
Proof – we do not have all we desired,
Will change the hour as it wanes,
The moon rise
And soul concave.
Tonight, it’ll happen, you say
The hopes will smithereen,
People are already counting backward
Under the window beneath our land
Are waiting for the race that will start.
How we’ll stand before the haze of morning and recount
We were afraid this night
Of all nights
Of all days
When we reckoned that we did not suffice,
That we rush and murmur
And lose in an instant
The concentration and eye always open.
It happens, I say
Tonight it’s been revealed
That we have everything that we desired here
And we too are already backwardly counting.
Translated by: Atar Hadari
Read Hebrew version: ערב שבת עם בוא שנת אלפיים בדיוק