sleeps in oysters

I said to you I listened to the seas.
I heard them read their poems to me. I listened
to the bell that sleeps within the oysters.
Because I sail within my eyes
I can tell you I have seen everything
right from the first step I took into the distance.
—  Adonis, from “I Said to You,” Mihyar of Damascus: His Songs, transl. by Adnan Haydar and Michael Beard (BOA Editions Ltd., 2008)