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Poems by Dunya Mikhail
The War Works Hard
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Diary of a Wave Outside the Sea [The martyr couldn't believe his eyes]

by Dunya Mikhail
translated by Elizabeth Winslow

The martyr couldn't believe his eyes
when his tomb was bombed
as he braided a garland for his beloved—
a red garland,
yet...on the way to heaven ...
it turned white.
He bent toward the water with a small rainbow clutched in his hand.

In this way he makes music.
He lifts is hands to the clouds and braids her tears into a flower.
In this way he sings.

A wave breaking outside the sea.
In this way I go on.

From Diary of a Wave Outside the Sea, by Dunya Mikhail, translated from the Arabic by Elizabeth Winslow. Copyright © 2009. Used by permission of New Directions. All rights reserved.
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