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The Horse Fell Off the Poem

 

The horse fell off the poem

and the Galilean women were wet

with butterflies and dew,

dancing above chrysanthemum

 

The two absent ones: you and I

you and I are the two absent ones

 

A pair of white doves

chatting on the branches of a holm oak

 

No love, but I love ancient

love poems that guard

the sick moon from smoke

 

I attack and retreat, like the violin in quatrains

I get far from my time when I am near

the topo fell bloodied

with the horse’s blood ...

 

Mahmoud Darwish, "The Horse Fell Off the Poem" from The Butterfly’s Burden. Copyright © 2008 by Mahmoud Darwish, English translation by Fady Joudah.  Reprinted by permission of Copper Canyon Press. www.coppercanyonpress.org

Source: The Butterfly’s Burden (Copper Canyon Press, 2007)graphy of place ...