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This poem is taken from PN Review 240, Volume 44 Number 4, March - April 2018.

‘You Knew Who I Was’ translated by Eva Grubin Yehuda Halevi
Eve Grubin

translates from the twelfth-century Hebrew
Yehuda Halevi’s ‘You Knew Who I Was’


You knew who I was before making me.

Now, a kernel of your spirit lies inside, protecting.

If you pushed me, could I stand?
If you blocked me, could I move forward?

What can I say when my thought is in your hand?
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