Monday, March 9, 2009
Anemones live on
The anemones are growing everywhere. On and even in the ancient terrace walls,
It was born in our pre-State days and has remained a classic. The verses progress from a little girl gathering anemones to a young lady to a grandmother. You can read the lyrics here. The concluding verse (better-sounding in Hebrew) says:
Yes, generations come and pass without end
but each generation has an anemone in a tune.
Happy is the man if between storms and thunder
an anemone bloomed for him, if only just once.
"Kalaniot" was made famous by Shoshana Damari. You can hear her singing it here. She has been likened to Edith Piaf. Our "queen of Israeli song" died on February 14, 2006.
In Tel Aviv recently I wandered through the historic Trumpeldor cemetery in the middle of the metropolis. I noticed an unusual grave, went over to read it, and was moved to find that it was the final resting place of Shoshana Damari.
Beneath her name on the headstone is written, simply, "Anemones will always bloom."