Who Said Corona?

By Tali Cohen Shabtai

Translated By Dr. Eitan Medini

Don’t be upset because I loved

Our babies, gone.

At the end of time and the universe my dream must

Be expressed.

God got tired

Do you understand?

No place to travel to

As the infinity is being determined

Anew in a range of

 One hundred meters,

From one person to another

This outbreak is really quite seductive,

Alerting, warning, and killing

No better way

To laugh at the people

In such a heroic way

When we celebrate our exodus

And the collapse of Pharaoh

In the spring of two thousand twenty.

Writer Biography

Tali Cohen Shabtai is a poet born in Jerusalem, Israel. She began writing poetry at the age of six and she had been an excellent literature student. She began her writings by publishing her impressions in the school’s newspaper. She first published her poetry in a prestigious Israeli literary magazine, 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 Away From You (2018).

Tali’s poems express spiritual and physical exile. She is studying the exile and freedom paradox, and her cosmopolitan vision is very obvious in her writings. She lived in Oslo, Norway and in the United States. 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 her Bachelor’s Degree at the David Yellin College of Education. She is a member of the Hebrew Writers Association and the Israeli Writers Association in the state of Israel.In 2014, Tali also participated in a Norwegian documentary about poets’ lives called The Last Bohemian (Den Siste Bohemien), which was screened in cinemas in Scandinavia. By 2020, her fourth book of poetry will be released which will also be published in Norway. Her literary works have been translated into many languages as well.

Copyright© 2020 by Tali Cohen Shabtai

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