Summer 2005 • Vol. XXVII No. 3 PoetryJuly 1, 2005 |

On a Day like Today

On a day like today, in the hidden corner Of the church, in full feminine adornment, In a leap year, in the meeting of endless Green with kohl darkness on this morning, And in the meeting of shape with substance, And the sensory with the Sufi, Beneath a spacious grapevine trellis In a cyclical shadow That distresses meaning's image, and in this Sentimental place/              I will meet with my end and my beginning              And say: damn you! take me and leave The heart of truth fresh for the jackals' daughters, And I'll say: I am not a citizen Or a refugee And I want only one thing, nothing else, One thing: A quiet simple death On a day like today, In the hidden corner of irises, Which might compensate me a lot or a little For a life I used to measure In minutes Or departures And I want a death in the garden No more and no less! Translated from Arabic

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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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