The Poem

Salman Masalha


Empty the sea of its fish.
Bring clouds back to the river.
Wipe from the infant’s lips
the weight of pregnant women.
Branches of grief shade all.
And legends are sorrows
milked from widows’ breasts.
When prophets depart
do not report the loss.
And never never say
that hope hides in
the poem.

Translated by Vivian Eden with the author


For the Arabic text, press here.

For French translation, press here.

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