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Koalas in Hadera Woods translated from the Hebrew by Yuval Perez Golden koalas dance there In the heights of the treetops, leaping in front of me And offering me their honey in flower-bowls: The sweetness of eucalyptus, delicate and smoky, And rosin that gives off the sharp scent of myrtle. They salute me in their slothful idleness, Hanging like memories in the thick wood That darkens before me, sundered out of my years. As if they know that I am hurrying now To the town railway station, to The renovated platform, to part from my dear ones: My beloved; my life; at the edge of the wood, opposite The dunes of Hadera West station.