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Saturday, 9 January 2021

Awaiting a Poem by Hawa Gamodi

They await you:
The new poem

They await your downpour through my soul
My hands shaping your features

I stand with my heart agape
To observe this desolate world
As it falls into ruin

Blood covers everything

Prayers no longer know
Where to go

I await you
I listen for your cautious footfall

Yes
The world has become a graveyard
But the sun rises
The breeze caresses a girl’s cheek
The sea does not forsake its blue
The swallows tell me of my childhood
Hidden beneath their wings
And somewhere a boy foretastes a kiss from his lover’s lips

There’s so much love
Beauty
And light

That you may pour down
Fly
Walk barefoot

I am writing you
My resistance to the ruin

I paint a glorious world
Illuminated by a poem
That they await.

From: https://www.wordswithoutborders.org/article/january-2016-captivity-awaiting-a-poem-hawa-gamodi-nariman-yousseff

Date: 2016 (original in Arabic); 2016 (translation in English)

By: Hawa Gamodi (1962- )

Translated by: Nariman Youssef (19??- )