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Only Iraq

Poem No.: 88 :

I remember ASSayyab*, shouting at the Gulf in vain:

Iraq, Iraq, Only Iraq

And from echo comes the only answer.

I remember ASSayyab....at this Soumari space

A female had triumphed over the sterility of haze

And bequeathed us both the earth and the exile.

I remember ASsayyabthat poetry is born in Iraq

So be an Iraqi to become a poet O friend!

I remember ASsayyabwho did not find life as he had imagined

Between the Tigris and Euphrates, and did not think as

Gelgamesh had thought of the herbs of eternity, and did not think of resurrection


I remember AASsayyabtaking from Hamourabi all the lawa

To camouflage loins, and to walk to his tomb

I remember ASsayyab, when I cathch fever and hallucinate:

My brothers were preparing dinner to the army of Hulagu,

And no servants but themmy brothers!

I remeber ASsayyabwe have not dream of what is not worthy

As the bees food, and have not dream of more than

Two small hands shaking our absence

I remember ASsayyab blacksmiths of my death are arising

From the tombs and manufacturing our shakles!

I remember ASsayyab that poetry is an experience and exile,

Twins, and we have not dream of more than a life

As the life, or die the way we die:

Iraq, Iraq, Only Iraq.


Published by the London-based Al Quds Al Araby

[Sunday March 30, 20003- the 11th day of US-led Invasion on Iraq]


* Bader Shaker ASsayyab is a renowned Iraqi poet, died outside Iraq in the early sixties of the last century.


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