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Shafiqul Islam

O cool breeze blowing from the Jordon river

O cool breeze blowing from the Jordon river!
Moonlight now floods the desert,
but, please, raise no soft tremor
on the date leaves,
for it will make the nightingale cry out in pain
in the olive woods.
Last night Israeli shells tore into shreds
the tiny body of his beloved.

And yet the moon is trapped in the wheat field
by a heaving emotion,
And, see, how the roses in the valley
are trembling in an ecstasy,
See, how sturdy green new leaves
are sprouting again in the devastated grape vines.

O cool breeze blowing from the Jordon river!
I do not want to go anywhere on this earth
Leaving behind the moon of tonight,
the moonlight on this desert land,
the quivering roses of this valley.

But tomorrow they will drive me away from here,
they will drag my beloved out of my cottage
and take her away,

they will raze my cottage to pieces
and build there a luxurious palace.
From tomorrow this homestead of my
fathers and forefathers
will become their property.
This is the rule of justice that is prevailing now
all over Palestine.
This is the latest verdict
of today’s free world.

O cool breeze blowing from the Jordon river!
Perhaps I’ll become a refugee tomorrow.
Perhaps tomorrow they will extinguish all moonlight.
O beautiful moon tomorrow I wont see you.
Perhaps I won’t see you ever again.

O cool breeze blowing from the Jordon river!
Please keep my thatched cottage
surrounded, throughout the night,
by the a odour of roses brought from the valley below
I’ll spend the rest of the night
sleeping by my beloved’s side,
a defeated, tired, coward,
enamored of his loved one.


Submitted: Thursday, August 21, 2008

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