Tuesday, August 09, 2022 | Muharram 10, 1444 H
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EDITOR IN CHIEF- ABDULLAH BIN SALIM AL SHUEILI

O Reckless Cloud

The following are translations of poems by the Omani poet Hilal al Hajri (1968-) from his first collection titled: “Night Is Mine”, (Muscat: 2006)


1


“Moghyyiba*” on Jabal Akhdhar**


O you graceful body


Carved like the Alalaan*** tree!


With your eyelashes cloak me


I, stricken by poesy,


Stricken by anything


While I spin a small plot you come to me


And tear down the throne of my madness


And desperate journey.


O reckless cloud,


Who is this heart for


The heart I’ve held in my hand


For twenty years?


O poem that I wish to wolf down


Like a primitive man


Drown me with more kisses


More terror


So I can rise


From the giddiness that girdles me.


O unattainable yet desirable,


Hide me like a wandering bug


In your braids,


Give me a drop of your blood,


So I can swallow my submission moments


And love you!


2


No use


Damn it!


Hypocrisy even in the mirrors!


Some show you as a monster


Others lure you


Into yourself!


3


Angels


All of a sudden,


Like an inspiration flash,


A flood of kids


Swept me far off


Into their small and round eyes


From the fevered venom,


Planted in my heart


By ‘orientalist’ rancor


And clash of cultures.


4


Pleasure


Reading in a café


(Or something similar!)


Is so delicious!


For a time


You drown between the banks of a book


Then you raise your eyes


And catch the eyes of an enchanter


Secretly devouring you,


Or the glance of a snobbish breast


In the throng.


Then you wake up


From a trance you were enslaved in


By the lashes of knowledge!


*Moghyyiba in the Omani dialect refers to a woman who is believed to have died by the power of witchcraft, but then appears alive in a rather shabby condition (the poet).


** A mountain chain in the interior of Oman (the translator).


*** A huge tree which exists in large quantities in Jabal Al Akhdhar (the poet).


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