A Closed Body

 

Adeeb Kamal Ad-Deen

 

 

 

    1 

Your body is closed

Like a circle of magic.

I have drawn it with my blood

But the Jinni stole its enigmatic letter.

Your body is closed

Like a myth walking by feet

Like the back of a great tortoise.

 

    2

I have not tried to open your body.

I have lacked the knives and the wild dances.

I have lacked hoes and bayonets.

I have lacked bolt of the blue and meaning.

 

    3

Meaning of what?

Meaning of contemporary lies.

I was as honest as a prophet.

Meaning of what?

Meaning of artificial rain.

I was full of water as a great Euphrates.

Meaning of what?

Meaning of selling and buying.

Yes, I was the great loser.

 

    4

Your body is closed.

I said to Time: "Give me a spear

To break the back of the tortoise."

He gave me a letter.

The letter O! Puzzling woman does not break

The back of the tortoise

But it writes amulets and puzzlements on it. 

 

 

    5

Your body is closed.

I needed to go into

To see the sun

I am the blind who lost his sight

One thousand years before the Christ's nativity.

I needed to go into

To touch on the feast

I am the orphan who lost his father

In the market's crowding.

To sit on the throne

I am the prince who lost royalty

Among the crowded plots and conspiracies.

To write a poem

I am the letter that lost his great poet 

Among the crowded images and meanings.

To catch the prophethood's bird

I am the blood that lost its heart

In the great crowded indifference.

You body is closed.

I needed to go into

To open the gates of paradise

I am the saint whose partisans crucified

In the jam of the event

In the jam of the quake

Then they cried at him to the death.

 

 

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