(Translated from the Hebrew by Fiona Sampson and the poet)
Language says: before language
stands a language. Language is traces
stained by over there.
Language says: listen now.
You listen: here was
Take silence and try to be silent.
Take the words and try to speak:
beyond language, language is a wound
from which the world flows and flows.
Language says: is, is not, is,
is not. Language says: I.
Language says: come on, let’s speak you,
let’s handle you; come on, say
you’ve said –