10th February



a wild hare,

a deer sticks its head up,

in the shadow meditates a deer,

acorns become brown,

and between the fingers,

slips dark time.


A thought

Between his eyes and her tears

stands always the suitcase,

and the distances of so many travels

towards perception,

towards the fire of poetry

in a foreign country.

FUAD RIFKA (Syria 1930-2011)

Translation Fuad Rifka – Germain Droogenbroodt


Note: Adonis, Mahmud Darwish and Fuad Rifka are founders

of a new movement in modern Arab poetry