Friday, 14 May 2021

Youth and Love: I - Robert Louis Stevenson

Once only by the garden gate
   Our lips we joined and parted.
I must fulfil an empty fate
   And travel the uncharted.

Thursday, 13 May 2021

Poetry and I - Mbarka Mint al-Barra’

The sin is that I wasn't a stone
     And the troubles of the world make me sleepless
And I shield myself with poetry
     And it keeps me company when I'm far from home

Wednesday, 12 May 2021

The Black Streets - Emmanuel Moses

The soldiers on their way to lay siege to the mountain
stopped here to let blue wine blot out
steaming blood

Tuesday, 11 May 2021

The Beggar - Carl Spitteler

He was my foe, and friend he was to none.
I read his death, unmoved, but yesterday.

Monday, 10 May 2021

jumbo-jet vs jackdaw - S. Zaynub Kamoonpuri

I wish to fly like a bird that chirps or hoots
without any jet or parachutes.

Sunday, 9 May 2021

Gazal - Zeyneb

Cast off thy veil, and heaven and earth in dazzling light array! 
As radiant Paradise, this poor demented world display! 

Saturday, 8 May 2021

Epigram - Niels Hav

You can spend an entire life
in the company of words
not ever finding
the right one.

Friday, 7 May 2021

The Shining Hours (V) - Emile Verhaeren

Each hour I brood upon your goodness, so simple in its depth, I lose myself in prayers to you. 

Thursday, 6 May 2021

So I Am Persuaded - Jaime Saenz

Everyone lives in one
—I, you, they.
We all live in all, no one lives or dies, and each is on his own
—but nobody knows what happens.

Wednesday, 5 May 2021

Peggy - Allan Ramsay

My Peggy is a young thing,
      Just enter'd in her teens,
Fair as the day, and sweet as May
Fair as the day, and always gay.