My rebellion started

(poem 21 of 32)

My rebellion started
Between 8:30 and 10:00
By padding the floor with absorbed cotton wool
By cleansing the face which carries me

My step has begun before that
The mirror cracked and my figure bisected
In the school library I found
The "God's Book of Memories"

In the lexicon of ulcers
There is yet an unhealed wound
And it needs time until we reach
An opening in the wall leading to an inner room

And how long I have not seen you
And I build myself (one always builds love)
On foundations of sand
By a seaside that erases

Translated from the Hebrew by the author, © 1996 Ella Bat-Tsion,