Summer 2005 • Vol. XXVII No. 3 Poetry |

In Jerusalem

In Jerusalem, and I mean within the ancient walls, I walk from one epoch to another without a memory To guide me. The prophets over there are sharing The history of the holy . . . ascending to heaven And returning less discouraged and melancholy, because love And peace are holy and are coming to town. I was walking down a slope and thinking to myself: how Do the narrators disagree over what light said about a stone? Is it from a dimly lit stone that wars flare up? I walk in my sleep. I stare in my sleep. I see No one behind me. No one ahead of me. All this light is for me. I walk. I become lighter. I fly Then I become another. Transfigured. Words Sprout like grass from Isaiah's messenger Mouth: "If you don't believe you won't believe." I walk as if I were another. And my wound a white Biblical rose. And my hands like two doves On the cross hovering and carrying the earth. I don't walk, I fly, I become Another, transfigured. No place and no time. So who am I? I am no I in ascension's

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Mahmoud Darwish (1941-2008), a Palestinian, was a preeminent Arab poet honored the world over for his poetry. Fady Joudah was the recipient of the Griffin International Poetry prize in 2013. His latest poetry collections are Alight and Textu, from Copper Canyon Press. Textu is written in meter based on the character count of smart phones. He is a practicing physician of internal medicine.
Fady Joudah was the recipient of the Griffin International Poetry prize in 2013. His latest poetry collections are Alight and Textu, from Copper Canyon Press. Textu is written in meter based on the character count of smart phones. He is a practicing physician of internal medicine.

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