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Shirley Faktor (2)

Loss, Israel, 1995

(charcoal on paper 106x153 cm)

Chess

Where did my child go, my little good child ?
black pawn captures a white pawn.
My father won't return, never will he come.
white pawn captures a black pawn.
Tears in all the rooms, and silence in the gardens,
The king is playing with the queen.

My child will never rise, forever he will sleep,
Black pawn captures a white pawn.
My father in the dark, will never see light again,
white pawn captures a black pawn.
Tears in all the rooms, and silence in the gardens,
The king is playing with the queen.

The child that's in my lap, now he's on a cloud
black pawn captures a white pawn.
My father's heart was warm, now his heart is cold
white pawn captures a black pawn.
Tears in all the rooms, and silence in the gardens,
The king is playing with the queen.

Where did my child go, my little good child ?
black and white pawns are dead.
My father won't return, never will he come,
and there's no white and black pawns.
Tears in all the rooms, and silence in the gardens,
On an empty board, only a king and a queen stand.

Hanoch Levin