Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Door of Roses
gate of my brother-in-law and sister-in-law's house in the village of Bishmezzine, Lebanon
yellow jasmine shrub outside my mother-in-law and father-in-law's back door of their house in the village of Bishmezzine.
my garden mint, which grows outside my back door, drying in my all-purpose baklava pan.
Today, I am sharing with you an excerpt from "Door of Roses" by Munia Samara, trans. Amal Amireh
doomsday of wind
talk of the garden
ambush of rubies
hiding in its sleeves
the leaf of the scene
the tea of the poor.
embellishments on the shirts of houses
and a perfume for the hands of the passersby
it amuses the picture of time
and when wind shakes it
it releases its seagulls
toward the villages.
Munia Samara is a Palestinian poet; this poetry excerpt is from The Poetry of Arab Women, ed. Nathalie Handal