Selected Poem: Rainbow (Ali Abd al-Gayoum)

Selected Poem: Rainbow (Ali Abd al-Gayoum)

KHARTOUM (Sudanow) – Sudanese writer Ali Abd al-Gayoum (1943-1998 ) was a poet, film and theatre director ( His following poem has been translated from Arabic by Alsir Khidir:



The rhythm of the valley

On the bosom of the naked mountain

A female caught between desire and awe.

The yellow grass undulated in the valleys of desolation,

Made harsh by the clouds,

And embraced by a season of death.

The strings of the exhausted heart played

A mysterious melody

Laughing gaily,

Weeping sadly,


When I behold a rainbow

In the faint expanse.

I urge the weary horses of creation to spur on;

And sing for some men and women

Who composed songs for the sun.




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