I Don't Know If History Repeats Itself

BY YEHUDA AMICHAI

I don't know if history repeats itself

But I do know that you don't.

 

I remember that city was divided

Not only between Jews and Arabs,

But between me and you,

When we were there together.

 

We made ourselves a womb of dangers

We built ourselves a house of deadening wars

Like men of far north

Who build themselves a safe warm house of deadening ice.

 

The city has been reunited

But we haven't been there together.

By now I know

That History doesn't repeat itself,

As I always knew that you wouldn't.

 

 

Israel (born Germany), 1924-2000