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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.

—Yehuda Amichai

from Selected Poetry of Yehuda Amichai.
Edited and translated by Chana Bloch and Stephen Mitchell (1986).
HarperCollins Publishers, Inc., New York, NY

Copyright 1986 by Yehuda Amichai.
All rights reserved.

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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.