1-9 Poetry

I quoted the first few lines of this poem a few weeks ago. I’ve posted it below in its entirety.

After a bit of digging, it is attributed to either a 12th Century Jewish Poet named Yehuda HaLevi, or a mid-1900s poet named Chaim Stern. The HaLevi attribution is definitely more common and has the piece as part of a larger work titled Kazura or maybe as the same author but not actually part of that larger work.  I’m not finding a lot of other obvious references to that. The Stern attribution has it appearing in a book (maybe unpublished, but that was only one source of the 3 that had Stern listed as the author), and at least one person requesting permission of Stern for its use. So, I have no idea and not enough energy to go hunting down sources with any seriousness.  If any of my library science peeps want to go hunting, go for it!  The poet deserves credit for their lovely words.

For your reading pleasure:

‘Tis a fearful thing
to love what death can touch.

A fearful thing
to love, to hope, to dream, to be –
to be,

And oh, to lose.

A thing for fools, this,

And a holy thing,

a holy thing
to love.

For your life has lived in me,
your laugh once lifted me,
your word was gift to me.

To remember this brings painful joy.

‘Tis a human thing, love,

a holy thing, to love
what death has touched.”

― Yehuda HaLevi ( or maybe Chaim Stern?)

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