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Dahlia Ravikovitch

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Dahlia Ravikovitch was born in 1936 in Tel Aviv, Israel. The author of ten poetry collections in Hebrew, among other books, she was one of the most distinctive voices in contemporary Hebrew literature and the Israeli peace movement. She spent most of her life in Tel Aviv. She died in 2005.

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poem
I am not here.
I am on those craggy eastern hills
streaked with ice
where grass doesn't grow  
and a sweeping shadow overruns the slope.  	  
A little shepherd girl 
with a herd of goats,
black goats, 
emerges suddenly
from an unseen tent.				 
She won't live out the day, that girl,	 
in the pasture