Israeli Poet Tali Cohen Shabtai’s Poem

A letter to Tali /Tali Cohen Shabtai
There’s a whole world
waiting for you
around the darker
corner of life
in which
you are adept enough to sort clothes
of the same
ethnic group of
the black cloth
of your life.
If you hadn’t been a little better
than the decorations that would add
so as to decorate the rhetoric
of the black cloth of your life
I promise you that you would
to see
a star fall in the dark!

Music /Tali Cohen Shabtai
They’re here
and they’re protecting me
they’re chanting me a voice
that’s been lost, where in childhood I coveted a bath to mix a voice
in a fabricated language.
They interface lightly with my enigmas
and caress my hair. They’re here and they’re with me,
they know how much I’ve longed to live
without dolefulness,
without doom. They’re here on behalf of
one number of millions of certificates
of existence. Just to open my mouth
with a smile, and in tears
In removing the weapon of comparisons

they are witnesses I never
The burden of difference overcame me
they are here and lie to me that I succeeded
they fabricated three decades,
only to be for hugging,
here where I prayed to be,
and pardoned.


About Poet : Tali Cohen Shabtai, is a poet, she was born in Jerusalem, Israel. She began writing poetry at the age of six, she had been an excellent student of literature. She began her writings by
publishing her impressions in the school’s newspaper. First of all she published her poetry in a prestigious literary magazine of Israel ‘Moznayim’ when she was fifteen years old.

Tali has written three poetry books:”Purple Diluted in a Black’s Thick", (bilingual 2007), “Protest” (bilingual 2012) and “Nine Years From You” (2018). Tali’s poems expresses spiritual and physical exile. She is studying her exile and freedom paradox, her cosmopolitan vision is very obvious in her writings. She lived some 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”.

Tali studied at the “David Yellin College of Education” for a bachelor's degree. She is a member of the Hebrew Writers Association and the Israeli Writers Association in the state of Israel.
In 2014, Cohen Shabtai also participated in a Norwegian documentary about poets’ lives called “The Last Bohemian”- “Den Siste Bohemien”, and screened in the cinema in Scandinavia.
By 2020, her fourth book of poetry will be published which will also be published in Norway. Her literary works have been translated into many languages as well.

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