"I am absence. The pursuit of heaven."

One day, I will be what I want to be.
One day, I will be a bird, and will snatch my being out of my nothingness.

The more my wings burn, the more I near the truth and arise from the ashes.
I am the dreamer's speech, having forsaken body and soul
to continue my first journey to what set me on fire and vanished:
The Meaning. I am absence. The pursuit of heaven.

One day, I will be what I want to be.
One day, I will be a poet. Water will depend on my vision.
My language will be a metaphor for metaphor.

- Mahmoud Darwish
from "Mural"

10 comments:

Heidi 1/29/2011 3:12 PM  

I really liked that. Thank you for sharing. :)

Q 1/29/2011 3:26 PM  

If this were a Facebook post, I would like it.

Beth Kephart 1/29/2011 5:45 PM  

If this were written by you I would not be surprised.

odessa 1/29/2011 6:47 PM  

*activate FB-like button* ;P

no, LOVE button.

Julia 1/29/2011 7:12 PM  

these words ring. almost thought they were yours though, for a second.

Holly 1/29/2011 10:47 PM  

Beth and Julia - oh my goodness, if I ever write something as wonderful as this, I could be struck by lightning upon setting down my pencil and I would die happy.

Jenica 1/30/2011 2:58 PM  

Oh, I love this... "My language will be a metaphor for metaphor." The whole thing is brilliance.

Holly 1/30/2011 10:35 PM  

Jenica - I found the whole thing in a note on Facebook. It's a long poem--was published alone in a book.

sayanotherlexi 2/02/2011 1:02 PM  

Sigh. Beautiful.

Erin 2/03/2011 7:51 PM  

"the more my wings burn".... ahh.

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