Saadi Youssef Poems
- Thank You Imru Ul-Qais At last in a half-furnished room near ...
- The Bird's Last Flight When I enter the earth's ...
- America, America God save America My home sweet home! The ...
- The Fence His house was exposed to dust from the street. His...
- Woman How will I drag my feet to her now? In which land will...
- Silence Winds that do not blow in the evening, and winds ...
- Five Crosses We stopped in five stations and did not leave a ...
Saadi Yousef (Arabic: سعدي يوسف) (born 1934 near Basra, Iraq) is an Iraqi author, poet, journalist, publisher, and political activist. He has published thirty volumes of poetry and seven books of prose.
Saadi Yousef studied Arabic literature in Baghdad. He was influenced by the free verse of Badr Shakir al-Sayyab, Shathel Taqa and Abd al-Wahhab Al-Bayyati and was also involved in politics from an early age, leaving the country permanently in 1979 after Saddam Hussein's rise to power. At the time his work was heavily influenced by his socialist and anti-imperialist sympathies but has since also taken a more introspective, lyrical turn. He has also translated many well-known ... more »
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Thank You Imru Ul-Qais
At last in a half-furnished room near Nicosia
you came to deliver peace on your lips.
Is it only now, after five thousand miles,
that you've found the words?
After moss filled your home
and the arrows were scattered in the sea.
Peace to a grove of figs.
Peace to this darkness.
Peace to a shell that hid its blood in wet sleep.
Peace to this ruin.
Like a spring between slim hands
slowly slipping off my covers
the way a farmer peels an apricot's soft stubble,
are you shining like silver while the world is lead?
All that surrounds me are shores.