Detail, Painting by Issmat Abdulkader
I SAW HER
Was it dream or reality?
I don’t know …
But I saw her in the colors
of the springtime,
In the mountains and rivers,
And in the trees and crops.
I was so joyful,
I made a bouquet from rays of light,
bound it with
strands of gray hair
And went toward her.
Hussein Habash, Kurdistan, 1948
Translated from Kurdish by Forrest McMunn
from „Dort funkeln die Lippen der Steine“,
AVLOS-Verlag Sank Augustin, Germany, 1994