SIDEWALK POEMS

THE WORLD MIRROR / SHAKE HEARTS
6.6.2017

 

On the sidewalk

With a piece of chalk

The teacher had forgotten

Then I stole

I have drawn a city

With the white color

I could not use the other colors

So, the black color has overflowed

 

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They stole my seat

From the pavement

O my friend

The one I had built

With my own life

Let all the tired

Sit on

 

Poems Soliman al-Sheikh Husain, 2016-2017. Translation from Arabic Shurouk Hammoud, 2017. Painting by Raed Zeno.

 

Shake hearts column publishes poetry in three languages.