Trains of thoughts

Trains of thoughts

Trains of thoughts

Earlier this year, Shlomo Artzi mentioned in his column a poem by the late Israeli poet Yehuda Amichai. The poem: Poem No. 10, The Math book, was making reference to a genre of math  books questions which were considered ‘classical’. These questions usually used to evolve around two trains which left their respective stations at a given time, along a certain length of a track, traveling at a certain speed. The student is then invited to tell the meeting time and the place of those trains along the way. Amichai, with his poetic magic wand, diverted the focus of the question, and with his humanistic instinct concentrated on the opportunities accomplished and those which were missed between would be lovers, traveling on those trains. The poem ends with an air of acceptance and the word: ‘Amen’. he’s my favorite Israeli poet.


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