If You Wish by Abdulla Pashew/Ebdulla Peşêw

If you wish
your children’s pillows
to bloom pinks,
if you wish to surround cradles
in silky dreams white as snow,
if you wish their swaddling clothes
made of rainbows and
that they might play doll with
the heart of the messiah,
if you wish
your vineyards full of fruit,
if you wish the sun to drink
from the floods of your joy,
if you wish the heavy clouds
to send messages of green to your fields
and to raise the drowsy eyelids of springs,
then liberate—
liberate
the bird that nests
on my tongue.

4.6.1972
Kurdistan

From: https://lithub.com/two-poems-by-abdulla-pashew/

Date: 1972 (original in Kurdish); 2018 (translation in English)

From: Abdulla Pashew/Ebdulla Peşêw (1946- )

Translated by: Alana Maria Levinson-LaBrosse (1974- )

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