MODERN ARABIC POEMS NAZEK AL MALAEKA The Visitor Who Did Not Come The evening passed and the moon's brow was on the wane, We were about to bid another night farewell And witness happiness receding towards th'abyss. You did not come; you were lost with the other hopes; Leaving your vacant seat To hold our fading gathering in anxious expectation Clamouring about a visitor who did not come. I did not know that in your absence beyond the years You would leave your shadow behind in every word, every meaning, Every angle of my vision and every curve. I did not know that in your absence, . You would overshadow those present. That hundreds of visitors Would be lost in a moment of yearning Which ebbs and flows, longing for a visitor who did not come. Had you come and had we joined the others, Had the talk gone round in circles, from friend to friend, Wouldn't you have become like the others ? The evening would have passed while we with wondering eyes Would have questioned even the empty seats About the absent behind the evenings And cried that we have, among them, a visitor who did
Journal of Arabic Literature – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1976
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