Don’t you feel we have lost so much
that our great love is now only words,
that there’s no more yearning, no urgency,
no real joy in our hearts, and when we meet
no wonder in our eyes?
Don’t you feel our encounters are frozen,
our kisses cold,
that we’ve lost the fervor of contact
and now merely exchange polite talk?
Or we forget to meet at all
and tell false excuses …
Don’t you feel that our brief hurried letters
lack feeling and spirit,
contain no whispers or dreams of love,
that our responses are slow and burdened …
Don’t you feel a world has tumbled down
and another arisen?
That our end will be bitter and frightening
because the end did not fall on us suddenly
but came from within
Samih al-Qasim, a great poet who passed away today, 19th of August 2014. Fly beyond imagining!