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Arab World Books and ACT Writers' Poetry Evening in Australia

Maher KheirHal Judge

Maher Kheir is a poet from Lebanon. For more information on Maher, please visit his homepage:
Maher Kheir Homepage

He read his poem "What shall I do with my wings now?" in Arabic while Australian poet Hal Judge read the poem in English.

What shall I do with my wings now?

read by Hal Judge

Original Arabic text


My shadows which are tougher than

Our wooden door

Slam on doors…

My eyes roam in our space

Like blind bats.

Your forgotten phantoms

Adorn themselves with the crimson

Of our sofa

To make me laugh sometimes

Yet they laugh at me

The walls swell like your chest

When it pulses with your heart.

Whenever I rest…

Like vagabond birds

At the end of the night…

What shall I do with my wings now ?

After I promised I would fly with you

And they grow larger than clouds.

Now I know the meaning of your departure,

Now I know the depth of tragedy:

There is no difference between death and absence.


maher kheirماذا أفعل بأجنحتي الأن ؟

غياب ...

وظلالي أسمَكُ من بابَ شقّتنا الخشبي

تتخبّطُ على الأبواب

وعيوني تحومُ في فلاء شقّتنا

كالخفافيشِ العمياء

وأشباحُكَ المنسيّة

تتبرّجُ بأحمرِ أريكتنا القاني

لتضحكَني تارةً

وتضحكُ تارةً عليّ

والجدرانُ تنتفخُ مثلَ صدرك

حين ينبضُ بدقةِ قلبِك

كلما هجعتُ إليه

مثلَ العصافيرِ الشريدة

في آخرِ المساء

ماذا أفعلُ بأجنحتي الأن ؟

كم وعدتُها بأن أطيرَ معك

ْ وصارتْ أكبرَ منَ السّحاب

الآنَ أدركُ معنى رحيلك

الآنَ أدركُ عمقَ المأساة

أنّ لا فرقَ ما بينَ الموتِ والغياب

كنبرا في 2 يوليو 2007

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