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THE IMMIGRANT'S LAMENT (poetry/english)
by Mois Benarroch   

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Publisher:  MOBEN ISBN-10:  1411636449
Pages: 

184

Copyright:  Jan 1 2002 ISBN-13:  9781411636446

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THE IMMIGRANT’S LAMENT (1992)



*
 

In Morocco I was the center
 

of all the parties
 

a social phenomenon
 

always surrounded by friends
 

until I came to Israel
 

and ended up in a corner
 

the corner of all the parties
 

I stopped going
 

always on the outside
 

the outsiderwhen
 

I came
 

I became a poet.

 
 

*
 

I can see you
 

Moshe
 

I can see you my friend Moshe
 

a twelve and a half year old boy
 

sensitive and lazy
 

I love you Moshe
 

I see you after the Bar Mitzvah
 

your mother announcing that
 

tonight we are leaving
 

I see you with the suitcases
 

always looking for something secure
 

suddenly nothing is secure
 

I see you in Ceuta
 

waiting for your father to sell the buildings
 

for peanuts
 

the Arab took out a knife
 

before he finally paid in Spain
 

I see you on the ship
 

on the way to Algeciras
 

I see you dreaming
 

dreaming of the land of Israel
 

dreaming a dream
 

a wonderful dream
 

with a temple
 

a dream full of light
 

I see you full of joy
 

traveling through Spain
 

in Valencia, in Barcelona
 

see you full of happiness and full of hope
 

that the land of Israel will heal
 

your brother Ari who is dying
 

see you in a hired taxi
 

you are wonderful Moshe
 

trying to be loved by everybody
 

tired and lazy
 

but always nice
 

I see you arriving at Marseille
 

entering the bus there
 

your father is angry
 

at the manager of the transit hotel
 

the sewer is plugged
 

shit is flowing everywhere
 

everything is wonderful
 

but there is shit everywhere
 

you cannot know what is awaiting you
 

I see you Moshe
 

landing in the land of Israel
 

half-drunk in the airport
 

you don't understand what is happening
 

but you don’t kiss the land
 

or more precisely the asphalt
 

I see you
 

a week in the boarding school
 

of Aliyat Hanoar
 

a week you cried without stopping
 

I see the nice tutor
 

coming from the boy scouts
 

saying you, you are too big to cry
 

and you cry even more
 

that it’s going to pass
 

and you cry even more
 

I see you Moshe
 

and my heart goes out to you
 

I love you Moshe
 

and suffer with you there
 

in Zichron-Yaacov
 

when will you forget Moshe
 

when will forgive
 

a week later your mother came to save you
 

took you to the secondary school
 

in Pardes-Hanna
 

they didn’t want you in 9th grade
 

in spite of skipping a class
 

because of your age
 

and your mother
 

“why should he lose a year?”
 

Insisting and insisting
 

till you finished the final exams
 

at sixteen and a half
 

and then waited a year
 

studying physics and mathematics
 

at the Hebrew University
 

she pushed you to this too
 

always pushing
 

you wanted to walk slowly
 

It took you so long to learn to go slow
 

my heart goes out to you Moshe
 

Moshe the immigrant
 

Moshe looking for redemption
 

Moshe disappointed
 

Moshe crying
 

Moshe becoming religious
 

Moshe a half-year atheist
 

Moshe who doesn’t get along with girls
 

Moshe believing in reincarnation
 

Moshe studying mathematics
 

Moshe studying literature
 

Moshe wanting to be a poet
 

Moshe running after literary editors
 

Moshe editing a literary review
 

Moshe writing a novel in 3 weeks
 

Moshe writing thousands of poems
 

Moshe writing ten novels
 

nobody publishes
 

Moshe always trying to be loved
 

by people
 

Moshe after people who don’t understand
 

his sensitivity
 

Moshe who wants to be loved for his poems
 

Moshe my heart goes out to you truly
 

Moshe I love you
 

in all your searching
 

in all your impossible searching
 

Moshe who knows everything will have
 

an explanation one day.
 

Two things always
 

writing and listening to music
 

music
 

especially after you visited your cousin
 

in Madrid
 

arrived religious and returned a heretic
 

there you bought
 

your first Van Morrison record
 

since then you bought them all
 

and thousands more
 

always music and writing
 

to save yourself
 

from going insane
 

in this crazy world
 

my heart goes out to you
 

Moshe the poet
 

Moshe the true poet
 

I love you at last
 

with all your travels
 

with all your suffering
 

I would caress you
 

in every step of your life
 

caress and kiss you
 

me who hated you so much
 

who suffered so much from you
 

now I love you
 

all the yous
 

you ever were.
 

Twenty years twenty
 

passed since those two weeks
 

that changed your life
 

the last week of August
 

and the first week of September
 

nineteen seventy two
 

everyday changed your life
 

making you a poet
 

writing in Hebrew
 

in your land
 

and not a writer
 

writing in a foreign language
 

in a foreign land
 

twenty years
 

in which you tried so hard to escape
 

not loving yourself
 

not wanting to be like the others
 

writing about suicide
 

angry at God
 

twenty
 

with asthma and without asthma
 

with allergies and skin sores
 

angina and digestive pain
 

crazy eating, women problems
 

trying to escape reality
 

trying to escape Israeli society
 

travelling abroad as much as possible
 

and coming back
 

to Paris, specially to Paris
 

dreaming about living there
 

marrying a French woman
 

emigrating to France, what else,
 

but she, what else,
 

just not to go back to France,
 

each one his own escape
 

always weak in front of women
 

and difficult to make changes
 

you are still here
 

with all the oxymoron and all the morons
 

possible inside your head
 

feeling the most here
 

and most there that is possible
 

so close to the land of Israel
 

and so far away from the State of Israel.
 

 
 

I love you Moshe
 

and I enjoy writing it
 

at last I love you
 

with all that you did
 

and all that you failed
 

and all that you fucked up
 

and all that you are ridiculous
 

and with all your running
 

away from here and escaping again
 

and again escaping
 

and still, staying here
 

 
 

I love you
 

Moroccan, Spanish, Sephardi,
 

European, looks Ashkenazi,
 

Western, Eastern, Mediterranean,
 

Middle-eastern, Palestinian,
 

African, French
 

with all the things you are and aren’t
 

I love you crazy and insane
 

and most logical
 

but then it is you
 

it is all the you that made me
 

and I love you.

*
 

I embrace you
 

go to the world
 

love it
 

give it all you have to give
 

even what it can’t accept
 

give the world all your love
 

all you have learned
 

and your experience
 

in all your previous lives
 

it won’t accept
 

but it needs you
 

the world needs you
 

it needs your love
 

give it
 

but don’t expect any reward
 

go to the world
 

go to God
 

go
 

don’t be afraid anymore
 

I caress you good-bye
 

go your way
 

I kiss you good-bye
 

go.

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
 
COOL AND COLLECTED POEMS 1990-2005
INCLUDES ALL Mois Benarroch's ENGLISH POETRY BOOKS, AND ALMOST EVERYTHING WRITTEN IN ENGLISH OR TRANSLATED INTO ENGLISH BETWEEN 1990 AND 2005.
"if there's one book you should buy from lulu...it's Cool and Collected Poems by Moshe Benarroh 1990 - 2005... 540 pages and magnificent...if i had a nomination vote for the nobel prize he'd be in the running." Klaus Gerken

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