from Houses (Plural); Love (Singular)
by Chana Bloch and Chana Kronfeld, translating from the Hebrew by Yehuda Amichai

copyright © 2000 by Chana Bloch and Chana Kronfeld

We lived in many houses and left remnants of memory
in every one of them: a newspaper, a book face-down, a crumpled map
of some faraway land, a forgotten toothbrush standing sentinel in a cup –
that too is a memorial candle, an eternal light.