This is a small portion of the poem written by Abba Kovner for  Yocheved Bat-Miriam.

My tanslation :

Now I know why our house is concrete and why

we wear jeans and why

Jerusalem is united. Why we want

a different theater. And why

we need a crosswalk

and a traffic signal,

the flash of authority.

And why clever members of Parliament

are absent from the plenum

in permanent rotation,

and why I read the morning news

and the late news


but for God’s sake, why

do I not stop talking

to you !

to you.

So many days

with no answer, with no


When and why

do you keep quiet ?