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Amina Saïd

I’ve decorated the day with the tattoos of my dreams
my face has seen my other face
I’ve not heard the voice calling me
the hand seeking me hasn’t found me
I’ve been born several times from each star
I’ve died as often from the sun of days
I’ve taken early boats to nowhere

— Amina Saïd, from “Path of Light,” The Yale Anthology of Twentieth-Century French Poetry (Yale University Press, 2004)

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