Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Saadi Youssef: "Attention"

                                    Those who come by me passing
                                    I will remember them,
                                    and those who come heavy and overbearing
                                    I will forget.

                                    This is why
                                    when air gushes between mountains
                                    we describe the wind
                                    and forget the rocks.

"Attention" by Saadi Youssef. Translated from the Arabic by Khaled Mattawa. Published in Paris Review (Spring 2000).

Photography credit: Untitled image by unknown photographer, found at this link (originally color).

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