By Tali Cohen Shabtai
Where I live one step is needed for effort, not multiple steps to my apartment. So, whoever lost me intentionally or inadvertently, you should have known that not everyone tries twice. The nature of loss is measured by the power of its permanence, and no other. In the work of writing, you receive a "blueprint" before the next step so if you do not know what you are stepping on when you complete the step, do not rush to look for me. I am already striding to another direction of the compass. I don't need to alert those who do that; I cannot be reached after one less goodbye. This may be a metaphor like a cul-de-sac where the route has no continuity: signs show that at the beginning of the road, but humanity notices it only after going 300 meters. So really, just misunderstood. Taken for granted? Don’t misunderstand. Don’t take me for granted.
Tali Cohen Shabtai was born in Jerusalem, Israel, and is an international poet with works translated into many languages. She is the author of three bilingual volumes of poetry, “Purple Diluted in a Black’s Thick”(2007), “Protest” (2012) and “Nine Years From You”(2018). A fourth volume is forthcoming in 2021. She has lived many years in Oslo, Norway, and in the U.S.A.