Venus Khoury-Ghata

(1937 / Bsharri / Lebanon)

Words

In those days I know now words declaimed the wind
besides pebbles, there were moons, but no lamps
the stars would emerge later from a brawl between two flintstones

I'll tell you everything there were five pebbles
one for each continent
vast enough to contain a child of a different color

So there were five children but no houses

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