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Maram Al-Massri. Vertaling in Afrikaans

Saturday, November 28th, 2020

 

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Maram Al-Massri. Vertaling van Arabies via Engels in Afrikaans. Vert. deur Waldemar Gouws.

 

Slaap, daardie genadelose tiran

 

Slaap,

daardie genadelose tiran,

gryp jou weg van my.

 

Alleen langs jou

tel ek die sterre wat afhang

van jou wimpers

en voel die pols

van my sterwende tyd –

oorskietwoorde in my mond,

en in my vingers

‘n onkeerbare drang.

 

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Sleep, that merciless tyrant

 Maram al-Massri

 

Sleep,

that merciless tyrant,

snatches you from me.

 

Alone beside you

I count the stars suspended from

your eyelashes

and take the pulse

of my dying time –

word scraps in my mouth,

and in my fingers

an unstoppable urge.

 

Bronverwysing:

Al-Massri, Maram. 2004.  A Red Cherry on a White-tiled Floor: Selected Poems. Translated by Khaled Mattawa. Tarset, Northumberland: Bloodaxe Books (p.49).