Nizar Qabbani

(1923 - 1998 / Damascus / Syria)

Language


When a man is in love
how can he use old words?
Should a woman
desiring her lover
lie down with
grammarians and linguists?

I said nothing
to the woman I loved
but gathered
love's adjectives into a suitcase
and fled from all languages.

Submitted: Thursday, January 01, 2004

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  • Chen Kasher (4/21/2007 9:50:00 PM)

    This is incredible. It should be a malefaction to do so much with so few words. (Report) Reply

  • Marcy Jarvis (11/7/2005 2:09:00 AM)

    a linguist's tongue
    may be undone
    and the slightest stammer

    betrays it's smitten
    dons red mitten
    then smashes with a hammer (Report) Reply

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