Saturday, June 24, 2006


جرأة إهداء

إلى محمد

سيدِ الأوجه الطالعة
وراية الطلائع من كل جنس
منفرطٌ على أكتافه كلُّ دمع
ومفتوحةٌ ممالكهُ للجائعين
وإيقاعُ نعْليهِ كلامُ الحَياةِ في
جسدِ العالم.


من ديوان "احتفالات المومياء المتوحشة" - محمد عفيفي مطر - الأعمال الشعرية

دار الشروق - القاهرة - 1998

Sunday, June 04, 2006


We Wear the Mask

We wear the mask that grins and lies,
It hides our cheeks and shades our eyes--
This debt we pay to human guile;
With torn and bleeding hearts we smile
And mouth with myriad subtleties,

Why should the world be over-wise.
In counting all our tears and sighs?
Nay, let them only see us, while
We wear the mask.

We smile, but oh great Christ, our cries
To Thee from tortured souls arise.
We sing, but oh the clay is vile
Beneath our feet, and long the mile,
But let the world dream otherwise,
We wear the mask!

Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872-1906)

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