Monday, July 2, 2012

To A Man...

I thought you could be a faithful dog
an Arabian
horse unsaddled
a forerunner to some god
that tastes unlike the dried dates of the tribe.

For myself
I have torn up all heir’s contract with the past

uprooting my clan's trees
embracing the freedom of outlaws. 

Alas, I discovered
your backbone was
but a pillar of fog frozen
in the Levantine mirror of Narcissus; 
and you: nothing
more than a Sultan's herald 
another pimp
hailing the virtues of the fruits
of the Fertile Crescent

-Fawziyya Abu Khalid
*Translated from the Arabic by Kamal Boullata

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