The real hero of the Isaac story was the ram,
who didnt know about the conspiracy between the others.
As if he had volunteered to die instead of Isaac.
I want to sing a song in his memory
about his curly wool and his human eyes,
about the horns that were silent on his living head,
and how they made those horns into shofars when he was slaughtered
to sound their battle cries
or to blare out their obscene joy.
I want to remember the last frame
like a photo in an elegant fashion magazine:
the young man tanned and manicured in his jazzy suit
and beside him the angel, dressed for a party
in a long silk gown,
both of them empty-eyed, looking
at two empty places,
and behind them, like a colored backdrop, the ram,
caught in the thicket before the slaughter.
The thicket was his last friend.
The angel went home.
Isaac went home.
Abraham and God had gone long before.
But the real hero of the Isaac story
was the ram.
Yehuda Amichai, "The Real Hero"
The Selected Poetry of Yehuda Amichai
trans. Chana Bloch & Stephen Mitchell
(Berkeley: Univ. California Press, 1996)