Ali Ahmad Said Esber

(1930 / Syria)

The Beginning of Speech - Poem by Ali Ahmad Said Esber

The child I was came to me
a strange face
He said nothing We walked
each of us glancing at the other in silence, our steps
a strange river running in between

We were brought together by good manners
and these sheets now flying in the wind
then we split,
a forest written by earth
watered by the seasons' change.

Child who once was, come forth—
What brings us together now,
and what do we have to say?

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Translated By Khaled Mattawa

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Poem Submitted: Monday, November 30, 2015

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