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עזרא
But a man of fifty who knows nothing
Is worthy of no respect (Canto XIII)
עֶזְרָא.
    עֶזְרָא.
יַא         עֶזְרָא.
אַתָּה גּוֹי
וּבְכָל זֹאת עֶזְרָא.

וּמִי שֶׁלֹּא יוֹדֵעַ
      עֲלוּל לְהִתְבַּלְבֵּל
כְּמוֹ לְמָשָׁל,
הַמּוֹ"ל הֲכִי גָּדוֹל בְּיִשְׂרָאֵל
שֶׁלֹּא שָׁמַע
    שָׁאַל,
אוֹ שֶׁמָּא
(יֵשׁ לוֹמַר) – אָמַר
(כְּשֶׁהִצַּגְתִּי בְּפָנָיו תּוֹצָר מֻגְמָר
            מִבְחַר
    כְּתָבֶיךָ בְּעִבְרִית):

"תַּגִּיד, וְהָעֶזְרָא הַזֶּה,     הוּא
            הִשְׁתַּתֵּף בַּהוֹצָאוֹת?"
וַאֲנִי אָמַרְתִּי שֶׁלֹּא.

וְהוּא אָמַר שֶׁהוּא אֵינוֹ מֵבִין
אֶת הַמּוֹדֶל הַכַּלְכָּלִי
שֶׁלִּי.

אֲבָל אֲנִי
הֵבַנְתִּי אֶת שֶׁלּוֹ
Ezra
But a man of fifty who knows nothing
Is worthy of no respect (Canto XIII)
Ezra
    Ezra
O        Ezra
You're a Gentile
And yet you're an Ezra.


And he who does not know
     can get confused as hell
such as
the biggest publisher in Israel
who never heard of him
        and asked
or one should say –
 he said
(when I presented him
with a book, your collected
works in Hebrew):  


“Tell me,
 this Ezra guy, did he share the costs?
and I said no.

and he said
    he doesn't understand
my financial model

but I understood
his.