I Want To Write Different Words For You | Nizar Qabbani
“I Want To Write Different Words For You” Nizar Qabbani
I want to write different words for you To invent a language for you alone To fit the size of your body And the size of my love.
I want to travel away from the dictionary And to leave my lips I am tired of my mouth I want a different one Which can change Into a cherry tree or a match box, A mouth from which words can emerge Like nymphs from the sea, Like white chicks jumping from the magician’s hat.
Translated from the Arabic by Bassam K. Frangieh and Clementina R. Brown.