Poems

A Body

The body of a bird in your mouth
breathing songs.
Raw light spills from your eyes,
utterly naked. 

You must breach the horizon, once,
in order to wake up.
You must open window after window.
You must support the walls.

I let alphabets cling to me
as I climb the thread of language
between myself and the world.
I muster crowds in my mouth:
suspended between language and the world,
between the world and the alphabets.

I let my head
listen to the myth,
to all sides praising each other.
And I shout at the winds from the top of a mountain.

Why does my tongue tell me to climb this far?
What is the distance between my voice and my longing?
What is there?

A body transcending my body.
A body exiled by desire.
A body sheltered by the wind.

14 Comments

1 Michael

Great poem. I will look into this poet and I was really touched by the care and bravery they seem to possess. You know I think the literal translation has more poetic power.  I think that the final translation missed the point of some phrasings.

2 Jessica Aisha Renee Khan

Thank you so much for this website! It’s a great help to people like me who cant read Arabic, but still want to experience its literary beauty. I want to learn classical Arabic so I can recite Quran Inshallah, and i also want to be able to communicate with people all over the world in modern Arabic, and maybe Chinese too. Thank you for making this available to me : ) Allah Hafiz-Jess

3 Sara

Beautiful poem, as an Arabic student I love that there is a literal as well as final translation of the poetry! It makes it a lot easier to figure out the phrases if you understand the words in their literal meaning as well.

4 Wissam

Is a good wish and desire. Hard to dodge pain. Life lead us to good and bad paelcs. Strong description led reader’s into thoughts and memories. Thank you for sharing the excellent poem.

5 maria

i love this poem! thanks

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7 M.Y.M.MEEADH

THE  POEM   ON   JASAD -BODY   IS  AN  INTERESTING  POEM.  I   APPRECIATE  IT  VERY   MUCH.

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10 george

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11 OliveBridget

Thank you for this beautiful poem. 

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