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Selected Poem: Death In The City

Selected Poem: Death In The City

KHARTOUM (Sudanow) - Muhideen Faris (1936-2008) is one of the Sudanese greatest poets. His poems were closely associated with his political ide­als, injustices and racial segregation. He was both socially and politically involved, particularly in his late poems. His personal and all human beings tragedy was one of his dominant themes.

Faris's following poem was translated from Arabic by al-Sir Khidir:

 

Death in the City

 

O frightful mythical night

How dare you engulf

Your vicious greedy jaws on the city

While death, the plague and the wanderers

Are floundering, with no harbor on the horizon,

And the chattering people without feeling hunger,

Climbing the walls of events

Shivering from the phantom of fires

And snatching at the beginnings of similar days

Like street poll

Without appetite.

O my wounded homeland!

The wind lost its instinct

And chose not to mourn.

He who dies amongst us is mortal

And will not be given our company to his rest

For all the earth is a tomb!

 

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