Bono leaves Jerusalem, and offers a poem for the hotel staff (Update #2)

It appears that Bono and family have concluded their Jerusalem visit, and as he left the historic King David Hotel, he left the cleaning staff a classy little surprise. In a poem and sketch, Bono wrote,

In Jerusalem, hope springs eternal   Hope is like a faithful dog
sometimes she runs ahead of me to check the future, to sniff it out
and then I call to her: Hope, Hope, come here, and she
comes to me. I pet her, she eats out of my hand
and sometimes she stays behind, near some other hope
maybe to sniff out whatever was. Then I call her my Despair
I call out to her. Heh, my little Despair, come here
and she comes and snuggles up, and again I call her Hope.

Bono signed the note and added, “With great thanks for great room in great hotel in great city.”

He also included a sketch of “A dog called Hope.”

This sounds like a fragment of thought that might have been left over from How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb, especially as it might relate to songs like “Love And Peace Or Else,” and “Yahweh.”

What do you think about this little piece of prose?

You can see the note at BuzzFeed.

UPDATE #1 (April 19):

Our friend Beth Maynard has helped us learn some context for the note Bono left. I wasn’t sure what one of the comments Bono scribbled meant, but Beth has shed some light on it. Look close at the picture of the poem and drawing and you will see that Bono wrote, “reading Amichai,” referring to the Isaraeli poet Yahuda Amichai. The piece of prose that Bono left was clearly influenced by the much darker tale of a dog, written by Amichai, entitled “A Dog After Love.”

Here’s the link to “A Dog After Love.”

Bono’s note stands in stark contrast. What do you make of it?

UPDATE #2 (April 19)

We have a definitive word from on the nature of Bono’s recent poem. It isn’t his at all. In fact, he was quoting a portion of “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Why Jerusalem?” a lengthy poem, originally written in Hebrew, found in Amichai’s book Open Closed Open. The portion Bono used is the 16th stanza of 25. Follow this Google Books link and scroll to page 136 to read most of the poem, starting at the third stanza.

A big “thanks” to @U2 reader Jason Work for the tip.

It seems Bono has fueled a great discussion of poetry. It’s a good thing this is National Poetry Month! Please leave a comment and join in.


A dog called Hope



5 Responses to Bono leaves Jerusalem, and offers a poem for the hotel staff (Update #2)

  1. Edneia April 18, 2012 at 6:26 pm #

    I hope to meet this big star and big man with a faithful dog!!! One day! Bono is my idol!!!

  2. Chris April 18, 2012 at 8:17 pm #

    He’s saying Obama is a dog that led him to despair, but he’s not going to let that set back get him down 😉 And, yes, I know he’d never even imply that even if it were true.

  3. Chris April 18, 2012 at 8:30 pm #

    You might also note the icthys in the drawing 😉

  4. Sandy J April 23, 2012 at 5:55 pm #

    What a blessing. Bono inspires us all to think. He wakens those dead in spirit. That gives me hope.

  5. Erika April 24, 2012 at 11:13 am #

    I’m sick of western Europeans commenting on Israel. I don’t trust them to have researched fairly when it comes to the middle east, but at least U2 hasn’t boycotted Israel. Love and Peace or Else from someone who makes money, in part, off the sales of violent video games is a bit disconcerting as well.