Sunday, 3 April 2011

The Fugitive - Abdul Wahab Al-Bayati

Abdul Wahab Al-Bayati (1926-1999) was an Iraqi modernist poet born in Baghdad. A 2004 book, Love, Death and Exile, features many of his poems in Arabic with English translation, and can be viewed online.
أني هارب طريد
في غابة
في وطن بعيد
تتبعني الذئاب
عبر البراري السود والهضاب
والفراق يا حبيبتي عذاب
أني بلا وطن
أموت في مدينة مجهولة
يا حبيبتي
وحدي بلا وطن

I dreamt I was a fugitive
Hiding in a forest.
The wolves in a distant country
Hounded me through black deserts and over rough hills.
My dear, our separation was torture.
I dreamt I was without a home,
Dying in an unknown city,
Dying alone, my love, without a home.  

Translated by Abdullah Udhari (taken from Modern Poetry of the Arab World)

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