August 07

The Canary (Interior Design)

Tal Nitzan

Translated by Vivian Eden

We’ll move the canary from the kitchen to the bath

we’ll move the computer from the terrace to the kitchen

the boy with his room will move to the terrace

we’ll push our bed to the corner in his room

we’ll place the girl in the remaining space

we’ll take another job

we’ll take another loan

we’ll sleep a little less

we’ll ask for a last reprieve

we’ll wipe from our hearts

the beloved memory of

the stolen car

the lost wallet

the broken window

and if it’s cramped we’ll push

And if it’s bitter we’ll sweeten

and if it’s about to crack

we’ll reach out our arms and tighten all around.


Image: Flim Flam Man by Julie Paschkis.


Tal Nitzan is an award-winning poet, editor, and translator from Spanish who lives in Tel Aviv. Vivan Eden is a noted translator of poetry and prose who lives and works in Jerusalem.