Nizar Qabbani – When?
when will you know how much I love you ? oh you a man whom for him I would sell this entire life and what’s in it
oh whom I challenged cities in his love, and will keep challenging
if you asked for the sea I will pour it in your eyes, and if you asked for the sun I will throw it on your shoulders
I love you ! I will write it over the clouds, and I will tell it to the birds and trees
I love you ! I will engrave it over the water, and I will irrigate it to the grapes and cups
I love you ! oh you oh you a sword that caused my blood to bleed
I love you ! try to help me, who started the tragedy must finish it
who opened the doors must close them, and who lighted the fire must put it out
oh you who smokes in silnce, and leave me in the sea lifting my anchor and throwing it
don’t you see me drowning in the sea of love and the wave is chewing my hopes and throw it away
Slide down a little bit from the eyelashes oh you a man who still kills my dreams and revives them
stop playing the role of the lover with me, and stop choosing words the you don’t mean !
oh how many time I invented letters that you’re willing to send and roses that you are willing to receive
and how many times I went to promises that does not exist, and how many times I dreamt of dresses that I will buy
and how many times I wished that you will ask me to dance, and my arms confused me, where to throw them !
come back to me ! the earth is standing as if it’s seconds had ran away ( the earth is not moving)
come back to me ! after you there won’t be necklace to wear, neither I would touch my perfumes in their bottles
my beauty is for whom ? the silk scarf is for whom ? for whom I’ve been lengthening my braids ?
come back, whether you’re sunny or rain. what is my life if you are in it ?!
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