Free Verse # 456 (this solitude)

Poetry,
my one faithful love,
the only one who keeps
watch over me
and waits
and waits
to touch my face
and fill my heart.

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Not just the earth,
touched by autumn’s rain
even this longing
exudes poetry

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The moon’s light dissolves
all memories
of past and future,
and ties everything
in a silent knot
that whispers: “now.”
Nothing exists
outside this moment,
nothing lives
outside your heart.

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Je t’aime, il lui a dit,
chaque jour au lever du matin,
chaque jour au coucher du soleil.

أحبكِ، قالها لها،
كل يوم عند طلوع الضوء،
كل يوم عند مغيب الشمس.

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In the end, logic is the death of man; it’s where the poetry in his soul goes to die.

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For a poet, it is enough, in this world, to have a little corner in which to sit with a book, a desk and some paper, to read and write to the light of a candle, lit by the impassioned flame of longing.

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There are many who preach hate in the name of love.

كثيرون هم من يبشرون بالحقد باسم الحب.

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I value a heart by how much longing it is capable of holding.

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My life – I measure it in moments of poetry.

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This solitude – without it I would not recognize my face.

Haiku # 700

Without a name
I go alone…
winds of autumn

Sans nom
je vais tout seul
sous le vent d’automne

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Autumn evening…
the smell of a flower blooming
on the edge of my days

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Autumn evening…
this loneliness deepens
with the colors of the sky

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Her smile…
something to take with me
on the long journey

ابتسامتها
شيء لآخذه معي
في رحلتي الطويلة

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Réunissant nos âmes
l’amour fusionne nos corps
en un seul poème

Haiku # 699

Last stand of August
amid the passing clouds
a waning moon

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Not her skin
it undresses her feelings
moon in the sky

ليسَ بَشَرَتِها
هو يُعَرّي مَشاعِرَها
القَمَرْ في السَماء

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Sleep can wait
another minute to gaze
at the silent moon

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The trail of kisses he left
at night she feels it
burning on her skin

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كلما صمتّ
قليلاً سمعته في قلبي
حفيف الذكريات

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المرأة التي أحبّ
على بشرتها أخطّ
قصائد روحي

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هذه الوحدة
بدونها لكنت وجهاً
آخر يمشي معِ الحشودْ

Wandering Thought # 114

The thing which affects artists more acutely than regular people is how greatly they feel the weight of loneliness. This weight is so tyrannical that they seek out many ways to shed it, mainly through their creative impulse. But it is a process which never succeeds, for, apart from the momentary orgiastic feeling in the moment that art is expressed and in which the artist jumps out of himself, the loneliness returns. Art and artistic expression deepen the feeling of loneliness through time, but it is not a loneliness which severs and isolates the artist from his or her surrounding, on the contrary, it enables a greater and more intense and attentive form of relationship with nature and life. Loneliness is a weight that constructs painfully through many many years, but it strips to the bones and makes the artist shine in the light of their truth. Blessed are the lonely who turn their loneliness into art.

Wandering Thought # 111

The person who is spiritually inclined will find himself drifting away from every day practical matters and the concerns and aspirations of normal society. Thus, in time, the language he uses will no long be sufficient to form a common understanding. He will drift on, as though in a cloud of solitude, but he will be connected to something else, something more inward and less tangible, and also something that cannot be shown to others who would demand a justification for his way of existence. This basic rift has since eternal times marked the existence of the artist, poet, philosopher, shaman and saint separating them from the practical and society oriented folks. This is still at work today in such kind of people, but not without a feeling of guilt more acute than before. When in previous ages this spiritual bent and way of life may have been justified, or even seen as a privilege, today, and under the guise of psychology and capitalism, it is looked upon with a wary eye, and the person labeled as psychologically and economically unsound.

Haiku # 692

In their eyes the stories
we’ve long forgotten –
animals in the wild

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حتى بعد أن تستحم
تجد رائحتهُ
على بشرتها

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Mon cœur
à chaque moment du jour
s’envole vers toi

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وحيداً في الليل
لم يُبقِ الشعر مني
الا قلباً يرتجف

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If I could choose
one place to touch you
it would be your heart

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لو كان ليَ أن أختار
أن ألمُسَكِ في مكانٍ واحد
لاخترتُ قلبكِ

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I do not write for readers; I do not write for the pleasure of writing; I write so I would not forget; I write to remember.

Haiku # 689

The rain is falling…
in silence we sit
listening to the rain

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كالتائهِ في الليل
بين الكلماتِ أتبع الضو
 الات من بعيد

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Winter evening –
in my heart the slow burn
old memories…

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Everyone have left
the road of my life
deepens into the sunset

I lost my sister to cancer on February 03, 2015. This week the doctor told me that my mother’s cancer is terminal, and that her life expectancy is a few months at best.

Haiku # 671

…أمي
في ظلام هذا العالم يكفي
أن ألفظ اسمك

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Another winter storm…
in the pot of honey
the frozen kiss of summer

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The morning after…
on the glass of wine
the red stain of her lips

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Slow and tender
she sips on the words
he offers to her famished lips

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His touch kindles in her heart
a fire unknown
since time began

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Winter twilight…
I’ll wait for you
on the bridge of stars

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Winter dusk…
in the still air burns
the musk of her breath

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This solitude…
I keep craving
what I cannot have

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صقيع الصباح
بدون أذنٍ أطلّ وجهها
ليدفىء شتاء قلبي

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Haleine du ciel…
un monde enseveli
de brume hivernale

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الأرجيلة
مع كل نفس أرتشف
نار شفتيها

Haiku # 667 | Tanka # 199

On the occasion of the ending year.

The years passing by…
a chasm deepening
in the cave of my solitude

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New Year’s Eve…
in the family album
the faces gone by

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Last night of the year…
another leaf falls
into the fire of my longing

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At year’s end
I measure the distance
between you and me…
a thousand years
of unquenched longing

وحدتي

لم يعد يعرفني أحد
،ولا حتى قصيدتي
ذلك العصفور
ضاق فيه القفص في صدري
،ورحل
زهرة الربيع على
الغصن الأخضر
تفتقت بذكرى
،لم تعد تعرفني
حصاد السنين
وحدة قاتلة
وريح كلما اقترب نفسها من وجهي
ذوت
وبذور حب
نبتت فوق صدر امرأة
.مجبولة بالسراب والألم