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Oh My Father, I am Yusif

Poem No.: 84 النص العربي: لا يوجد

Father! I am Yusif

Oh father!

My brothers neither love me

nor want me in their midst.

Oh father, they assault me,

they stone me and

with insults they shower me.

My brothers wish me dead

so they give their false eulogies.

They shut your door before me,

and from your field

I was expelled.

They poisoned my grapevines,

oh father!

When the passing breeze

jested with my hair,

they all became envious,

outraged at you and me.

What have I done to them, father,

and what loss have I caused?

Butterflies rest on my shoulder,

wheat bows toward me

and birds hover above my hands.

What then did I do wrong, father

and why me?

You're the one who named me Yusif!

They pushed me down the well

and then they blamed the wolf.

Oh, father! The wolf is more merciful

than my brothers.

Did I wrong anyone

when I told about my dream?

Of eleven planets, I dreamt,

and of the sun and the moon

all kneeling before me.

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