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[Poetry Friday] Joy In Poetry

"A Quiet Joy" by Yehuda Amichai.

Myra here.

Thank you to Kathryn Apel for hosting this week.

I came across a poem by Yehuda Amichai through social media, shared by one of my author friends. I immediately thought that it is perfect for our current reading theme on joy. Yehuda Amichai is one of Israel’s most popular poet, and if you wish to know more about his writings, I think this is a good place as any to start.

The Selected Poetry Of Yehuda Amichai translated by Chana Bloch and Stephen Mitchell (Amazon | Book Depository)

Here is the poem that caught my sensibilities, and I hope that this “quiet joy” finds you too at the perfect time. Here’s to joy and all that it brings.


Myra is a Teacher Educator and a registered clinical psychologist based in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Prior to moving to the Middle East, she lived for eleven years in Singapore serving as a teacher educator. She has edited five books on rediscovering children’s literature in Asia (with a focus on the Philippines, Malaysia, India, China, Japan) as part of the proceedings for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content where she served as the Chair of the Programme Committee for the Asian Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference from 2011 until 2019. While she is an academic by day, she is a closet poet and a book hunter at heart. When she is not reading or writing about books or planning her next reads, she is hoping desperately to smash that shuttlecock to smithereens because Badminton Is Life (still looking for badminton courts here at UAE - suggestions are most welcome).

6 comments on “[Poetry Friday] Joy In Poetry

  1. Oh my. It really makes you wonder about the backstory. I’m thankful he found the quiet joy – and hoping it was for more than just a little time.


  2. I have several favorite Yehuda Amichai poems, like “God Has Pity on Kindergarten Children” and “The Place Where We Are Right.” Thank you for sharing his work!! xo


  3. bmagee10

    A lot to ponder in this Amichai poem. Thank you for broadening my poetic horizons with your ‘joyous’ selections. 🙂


  4. Wow. This one breaks my heart a little bit, but it’s so true. Thank you, Myra…


  5. I felt so regretful and sad reading this, but there is hope too, in the end, no matter what happened before. Lovely poem, Myra.


  6. Kay Mcgriff

    Oh, such a quiet, peaceful poem, and yes, quiet joy, too.


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