To Faisal

In his Memorial Ceremony / Amman / 15 September 2006

Tears

Tears return to every weeping eye,
Because they do not resemble you
Nor does the sun,
Nor do the moon and stars,
Nor do precious stones
…..
…..
You, only, can resemble yourself

Clouds

No cloud can embrace you,
Clouds are too small
…..
…..
Our eyes
Are your only resting place

Departure

You struck your poisonous sword
You threw your blind spear
…..
…..
Confront me, oh stealthy departure!
Show me all your moves,
Act like a knight,
And I will declare battle!

Yearning

When I come close
Your water touches me,
It overwhelms me
…..
…..
Extend your arms, my friend
Embrace me under your coat

Together we stay

Your bright childhood
Your perpetual youth
Your illuminating intelligence
Your beaming heart
Your fruitful kindness
……
Your lightening eyes
Your storming questions
Your profound answers
Your sarcastic humor
……
Your upright body
Your wandering steps
Your charming stand
……
Your lands of wheat
Your heart of pearls
Your fertile soul
……
Together we stay

Written by : Faiha Abdulhadi
Translated by: Tamer Abughazaleh

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