Ghassan Zaqtan Poems

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1.
Wolves

The birds' departure from his heart
leaves the plains white
where the story is white
...

2.
Pillow

Is there still time
to tell her,
Mother,
...

3.
Family Heirlooms

The cart:
still lurches on since grandfather fled
the boggy fields
The family:
...

4.
The Sleeper's Song

I ascend the seven levels
Of sleep
In sleep you are
...

5.
A Picture Of The House At Beit Jala

He has to return to shut that window,
it isn't entirely clear
whether this is what he must do,
things are no longer clear
...

6.
You'Re Not Alone In The Wilderness

In Jabal Najmeh, by the woods, the wizard will stop me
by a passage for boats with black masts
where the dead sit before dawn in black garments and straw masks,
...

7.
The One You Accidentally Found In The Mirror

The one you accidentally found in the mirror

in its dark corner to be exact
was there alone thinking of you

befriending your solitude
...

8.
The Absentee's Song

By morning travelers knocked on her door
but she didn't wake
By noon a bird stirred her
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9.
Remembering The Grandmother

Pretexts come with her absence
and with the waiting of boats between
noon and afternoon
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10.
That Life

I'm going to see how they died
going toward that wreckage
going to see them there
...