An Arab shepherd is searching for his goat on Mount Zion 

And on the opposite hill I am searching for my little boy. 

An Arab shepherd and a Jewish father 

Both in their temporary failure. 

Our two voices met above 

The Sultan's Pool in the valley between us. 

Neither of us wants the boy or the goat 

To get caught in the wheels 

Of the "Had Gadya" machine. 

Afterward we found them among the bushes, 

And our voices came back inside us 

Laughing and crying. 

Searching for a goat or for a child has always been 

The beginning of a new religion in these mountains.

Yehuda Amichai 

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