Tali Cohen Shabtai
How much longer
are you going to look at me
until I reach
the destination you bless on
with the Shabbat candles
A goal that you set for me
whose present and future use
that will be
for me when you clap your hands together as a sign of
I told you not to bat
an eyelid towards girls of my age.
The difference revealed to you
about me being differentiated from them is
the burden of my life,
you’re not mentally prepared for it, and certainly
not to place me with them in the same
A healthy and normal relationship between a mother and her daughter
is an important factor in the daughter’s normal psychological development
you should know
that the common error among women is that having children means being a mother –
I would rather you understand what I mean on this issue
because that is not my intention.
It is beyond me daughters who satisfy
their mothers’ will
I understand the source of their desire but not
the nature of the ability
to subordinate the good of the individual for the sake of the “common good” contradicts my theory, Mother! Which
emphasizes the individual’s sovereignty over his life –
even if we assume this “rule”, I cannot
I wish you had an alternative daughter and me the same
Tali Cohen Shabtai was born in Jerusalem, Israel, and is an international poet of high esteem with works translated into many languages.
She is the author of three bilingual volumes of poetry, “Purple Diluted in a Black’s Thick”(2007), “Protest” (2012) and “Nine Years From You”(2018).
A fourth volume is forthcoming in 2021. She has lived many years in Oslo, Norway, and in the U.S.A.
She is very prominent as a poet with a special lyric, “she doesn’t give herself easily, but subject to her own rules”.