“Near the Wall of a House” by Yehuda Amichai
Poetry 180: A Poem a Day for American High Schools, Hosted by Billy Collins, U.S. Poet Laureate, 2001-2003
Near the Wall of a House
Near the wall of a house painted to look like stone, I saw visions of God. A sleepless night that gives others a headache gave me flowers opening beautifully inside my brain. And he who was lost like a dog will be found like a human being and brought back home again. Love is not the last room: there are others after it, the whole length of the corridor that has no end.
from Selected Poetry of Yehuda Amichai.
Edited and translated by Chana Bloch and Stephen Mitchell (1986).
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Copyright 1986 by Yehuda Amichai.
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About the Poet
Yehuda Amichai (1924-2000) was an Israeli Poet and the author of eleven poetry collections in Hebrew, which have been translated into over 35 other languages. Amichai died in 2000, and a collection of his poems in English, The Selected Poetry of Yehuda Amichai, was published by University of California Press in 2013.
Learn more about Yehuda Amichai at the Poetry Foundation.