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Rachida Madani

You who knew always where your love
was going,
today you stay on your rock
as petrified as it is
and I in my skiff
frozen with love
up to my neck
wanting nothing more to do with love,
I close my eyes on you
entirely you
motionless among the gulls,
you whom I loved so much
that my heart at every joint
cracked open.

— Rachida Madani, “Second Tale,” Tales of a Severed Head, translated by Marilyn Hacker (Yale University Press, 2012)

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