from Leviticus Rabba 14:8; translated by Shirley Kaufman with Galit Hasan-Rokem

“Unborn”

An unborn child is shaped like a locust
two eyes like the excrement of a fly
two ears like the excrement of a fly
two arms like two reddish threads from the madder root
mouth thin as a hair, torso a lentil.
If it is female, it is split like a grain of barley

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Unexpected Feminist Poems, from the Hebrew

The articles in this special section:

My Mother Was a Prophet

poetry by Yehuda Amichai; translation by Chana Bloch and Chana Kronfeld

My Son Was Drafted

poetry by Yehuda Amichai; translation by Chana Bloch and Chana Kronfeld

“Unborn”

from Leviticus Rabba 14:8; translated by Shirley Kaufman with Galit Hasan-Rokem

To My Country

poetry by Rahel; translated by Robert Friend