Celebrating Childhood (by Adonis -- Ali Ahmad Said Esber)

Translated by Khaled Mattawa

Original Text: 
Adonis: Selected Poems, trans. Khaled Mattawa (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2010). This poem is reproduced on the Griffin Prize Web Site (from the winning volume on the International Shortlist 2011).
1Even the wind wants
2to become a cart
3pulled by butterflies.
4I remember madness
5leaning for the first time
6on the mind's pillow.
7I was talking to my body then
8and my body was an idea
9I wrote in red.
10Red is the sun's most beautiful throne
11and all the other colors
12worship on red rugs.
13Night is another candle.
14In every branch, an arm,
15a message carried in space
16echoed by the body of the wind.
17The sun insists on dressing itself in fog
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RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
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