Sunday, May 22, 2022 | Shawwal 20, 1443 H
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EDITOR IN CHIEF- ABDULLAH BIN SALIM AL SHUEILI

O mountains of Oman

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

Glory to Music


Glory to music!


Whenever a stranger or drunkard cries


Glory to music


Whenever a poet or lover groans


I often see myself in cafes


With gloomy clouds and poignant music.


There


In the café corner


Peeking at me a pseudo-cultured damsel


Behind her huge glasses.


I hate arty women


As I hate critics and narks.


Yet whenever a breast trembles


Or a knee bends


Saliva startles me between my lips


Like children and the aged.


Where are these round poems taking me


And those old fashioned sorrows?


I’m the deposed king


The armless poet


I often see myself in cafes


With gloomy clouds or poignant music.


Leave I Shall Not


Burn like an inferno


O earth!


I shall but embrace history more


And kiss the regiments of the first conquest!


O mountains of Oman


Till when will you crucify


This paleness on my forehead?


O desert of Oman


Till when will you fill my pockets with sand


And cast agony


In my eyes?


Will you force me to leave?


No


Leave I shall not!


More melancholy, O Mother,


I will not leave till


My bones flow upon your mountains


One after another!


Innocence


From the journey’s first moment


I used to imagine


With child-like innocence


That planes’ bathrooms


Were open to the world!


O travelers


Is there a moment


More delicious and delectable


Than ... upon this chaos


From a height of 40, 000 feet?!


Muscat’s Night


Nothing remains from this night


Nothing.


But dogs barking and writhing


From hunger or pain


A monk warning about Doomsday


A drunkard vomiting in a toilet


Beds


Creaking from lust


And the rest of it


A tiny moon in the sky


And a poet on earth


Everyone betting on the choking of


The other.


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