Adeeb Kamal Ad-Deen
The rain has fallen drop by drop
Wave by wave
Sea by sea
Until the sun has risen, dancing in its wonderful light.
The children have laughed
And flown through the trees of almond, apple and orange.
The girls have laughed
And become conscious of their beautiful rounded breasts.
The sweethearts who have been smashed by love
And the screams of the body constrained every night
The sparrows and starlings have laughed
In the middle of light and smoke.
The clocks and hospitals have laughed.
So have the patients, searching for a hope of recovery.
The policeman and the dictator have laughed.
So have the explosive-maker
And the bribed border guards.
The saints, the amazed, the exiled
And the semi-dressed women dancers have laughed.
So have the pupils
The taxi drivers
The coolies and the fruit sellers
The thieves, the detectives
The genius and the quasi-genius
So have the effeminate and the passers by.
Those fond of nudeness
And of tables of plentiful wine have laughed.
The murdered and the drowned have laughed
Then the dead altogether have laughed
The laughter has increased
I alone was reflecting on the scene and crying.
I alone was reflecting on the scene
And slowly dying.
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