Speechless

كتحية الغرباء
تنعقد السنتنا
أو كما العبارات المتقابلة-
تكتشف الفراشات بعضها
راقصة تحت شمس الظهيرة
…………………
ساعات من التجربة
ملاذ للفراشات و اليرقات

As greeting foreigners
our tongues tie.
Or –
as mirrored sentences –
butterflies discover each other
dancing in the afternoon sun
……….
Hours of practice.
Sanctuary of monarchs and moths.

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This poem was inspired by Al-Saddiq Al-Raddi’s beautiful poem, “Breathless”.  You can read Carol Rumens’s commentary and Sarah Maquire’s translation of “Breathless” here.

With sincere thanks to The Countess Shadow for taking the time to translate this poem into Arabic and whose own blog includes some beautiful poetry and English translations of Arabic poems.

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5 thoughts on “Speechless

  1. That was one short beautiful and touching poem, I really like your verses.
    The arabic online translation does not convey the meanings in your beautiful original poem, they are actually some broken words put together beside each other, it always happens with online translations. This is my suggested translation, it is not as good as your words, but I tried to transfer the feelings and I hope your arab readers find it interesting.

    كتحية الغرباء
    تنعقد السنتنا
    أو كما العبارات المتقابلة-
    تكتشف الفراشات بعضها
    راقصة تحت شمس الظهيرة
    …………………
    ساعات من التجربة
    ملاذ للفراشات و اليرقات

    • Thank you very much for the kind comments, Countess Shadow, and for taking the time and care to translate the poem into Arabic – I feel very honored to have a real translation rather than a machine generated one. I’m very glad to have come across your work and look forward to reading more of your poems and translations in the future.

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