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Tahar Ben Jelloun

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Tahar Ben Jelloun is a Moroccan poet and the author of numerous books, including Rising of the Ashes (City Lights Publishers, 2010). He lives in Paris.

by this poet

a long time ago
I lived in a tree, then in a cemetery.
My tomb was under an oak. Dogs and men pissed on my head. I said nothing. Little 
     mauve flowers, scentless, grew there.
I had nothing to say.
Today shovels picked me up and threw me in this well.
I pace the abyss.
I descend. I am suspended.