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from the October 2015 issue

what do you write about

what do you write about?
asked the Jordanian poet.
about love, I answered.
there isn’t anything else, is there.
yes, agreed the Jordanian poet,
there really isn’t anything else.
when he read out his poem
in the Arabic language
his tears flowed freely.
sentimental, I thought.
then the same poem
was read out in English,
it spoke of how his family
was killed before his eyes,
his brothers, parents, wife,
and of how apart from love
there isn’t anything else.

© Trinn Soomets. By arrangement with the author. Translation © 2015 by Miriam McIlfratrick. All rights reserved.

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