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Under a Strange Sky

Poem No.: 17 النص العربي: لا يوجد

A difficult equation

To divide yourself between two girls

Between two countries

Of police and pineapples

Between the two, you cling to a bottle

In a bar, with cockroaches leaping about.

Once you had the words, your path to the palm trees

From where did they come with their walls ?

You turned aside to watch

The light of the distant masts

Rising and falling

Between the sobs and the sighs.


A bitter equation

To remain as you are,

Tossed upon the sand

Sketching a horizon, then erasing it

a flash of lightning, then removing it.

The near sky is more desirable

The distant sky … more beautiful

But the guards’ boots

Will bar you from the realm of nostalgia which twines

between the blossoms of your heart and the window.


A difficult equation

To exchange a dream for an illusion,

A woman for another

An exile for an exile.

And I ask :

Where is the path ?!



Amman, 11 January, 1994


(That Sama’ ghariba “page 34”)

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