Saturday, April 12, 2008

Beautiful Poetry


When I Love You

When I love you
A new language springs up,
New cities, new countries discovered.
The hours breathe like puppies,
Wheat grows between the pages of books,
Birds fly from your eyes with tiding of honey,
Caravans ride from your breasts carrying Indian herbs,
The mangoes fall all around, the forests catch fire
And Nubian drums beat.

When I love you your breasts shake off their shame,
Turn into lightning and thunder, a sword, a sandy storm.
When I love you the Arab cities leap up and demonstrate
Against the ages of repression
And the ages
Of revenge against the laws of the tribe.
And I, when I love you,
March against ugliness,
Against the kings of salt,
Against the institutionalization of the desert.
And I shall continue to love you until the world flood arrives;
I shall continue to love you until the world flood arrives.


Nizar Qabbani

5 comments:

Annie Coe said...

Just beautiful...

Karen Cole said...

An amazingly beautiful poem. Thanks, Yoli.

Cote de Texas said...

What a gorgeous blog you have - a real inspiration! Is that your smiling baby in the cute outfit on the right? adorable!
thanks so much for your comment.
Joni

OH MY #6 said...

Yoli, you rock. Love this.

Lea

Mélanie said...

Beautiful poem