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Sargon Boulus

(1944-2007 / Iraq)

Remarks to Sindbad from the Old Man of the Sea


Are you already tired?
Our quest has barely begun.
Forget the sea.
Stop dreaming of ships and trade
I'm the last voyage you will
ever make, and likewise
was the first.
Every way
you came by,
every road you took,

I paved with my own hands
for your sake.
and you still complain!
Too heavy on your shoulders, you say?
That's because
I carry eternity's weight
plus my own, and need your legs
to take me around
in my journeying
between night and day.
You will try to escape,
I know, time after time;
you will dream every night
that you crush my head
with a heavy stone
and dance drunkenly
over my corpse.
But if you happen to venture out
into those woods alone,
night will only deepen
around you, in every whisper
you shall hear
a hissing snake, poison and trap
will be your lot everywhere.

Don't try to escape.
Forget the sea.
Stop dreaming of ships
and trade; today you have unbound the knot
of my waiting, and from now on
you will carry me on your
strong back, Sindbad,
to explore this island together,
you and I, I and thou
as one

Translated by the author

Submitted: Thursday, November 14, 2013

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