“Meeting, Hardly Meeting”
"Meeting, hardly meeting, suffices:
one quick glance, fragments of obscure words,
and again waves of happiness and pain
sweep over everything and rage.
The dam of oblivion I had built in my defence
is as if it had never been.
I kneel on the shore of the roaring sea
and drink my fill."
- Rachel Bluwstein
© Translation: 1994, Jean Shapiro Cantu. Robert Friend
From: Flowers of Perhaps: Selected Poems of Rachel
Publisher: Menard, London, 1994
ISBN: 1 874320 02 0