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For I am An Alien
by Saleh Razzouk
Thursday, December 13, 2007
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For I am An Alien

Poem by : Badr Shakir al-Sayyab

For I am an alien
For the beloved Iraq is
Far away, and for I am here in longing
To it, to her…I scream : Iraq
But only whimper returned after my shouts
with echoes banged and exploded.
I feel like passing the distances
into a world of deaths failed to satisfy
my shouts,
And as when I shake the branches of the tree
Nothing shed off but deaths :
Stones not fruits,
Even eyes
Are stoned, even fresh air
Is stoned , and wetted with some certain blood..
Yet my shouts are stoned, yet my mouth is, now,  rocks
And my legs are winds travel across the wilderness.

• Beirut, 15 April 1962

• Source: The Complete Works of Badr Shakir Al-Sayyab, vol. 1, Return Publishing house, Beirut, 1971. P.p. 195 – 196 .

Badr Shakir al-Sayyab ( 1927 – 1964 )

An Iraqi poet lived short and tormented life. He was uncertain about his political and technical visions , and considered for long founder of modern Arabic Poetry. He ( according to Amatzia Baram and Wajeeh Elali ) dedicated much of his poetry to Iraq, its society, and its politics, and engaged in symbolic-mystical writing, borrowing mythological themes from the country’s ancient pre-Islamic history. Died of ill health in his thirties .

Translated From Arabic by : Saleh Razzouk





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Reviewed by Art Sun 12/16/2007
Sadly the world is filled with refugees and people placed within countries as ....aliens...

sad yet nice work...

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