King of the distant cries
Companion of screaming and silence -
Who saw you?
Who saw the blood on your roads?
Who prepared the watch and the spectacle of fear?
Who built the walls and threw a guard around them?
Who made the world die in the space of a word?
Memories of cities - fall
Expectations - fall
Histories of forgery - fall
The literal translation of this poem was made by Atef Alshaer
The final translated version of the poem is by Sarah Maguire
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