After Psalm 137

December 7, 2009 at 3:20 pm 5 comments

by Anne Porter

We’re still in Babylon but
We do not weep
Why should we weep?
We have forgotten
How to weep

We’ve sold our harps
And bought ourselves machines
That do our singing for us
And who remembers now
The songs we sang in Zion?

We have got used to exile
We hardly notice
Our captivity
For some of us
There are such comforts here
Such luxuries

Even a guard
To keep the beggars
From annoying us

Jerusalem
We have forgotten you.

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Mel Rosenbaum  |  December 7, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    How poignant yet brutally true of us in modern America today; both Jew and Gentile. Not only have we forgotten how to weep, but if we remembered we would not have time.

    Reply
  • 2. rebaaron  |  December 7, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    Brilliant!

    Reply
  • 3. H4ck3r  |  May 11, 2010 at 9:53 am

    How poignant yet brutally true of us in modern America today; both Jew and Gentile. Not only have we forgotten how to weep, but if we remembered we would not have time.
    +1

    Reply
  • 4. Johio  |  May 19, 2010 at 5:02 pm

    How poignant yet brutally true of us in modern America today; both Jew and Gentile. Not only have we forgotten how to weep, but if we remembered we would not have time.
    +1

    Reply
  • 5. chosenrebel  |  October 1, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    It is a brilliant poem with haunting word choice.

    Reply

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