A poem by Ghada Al-Samman.
Ghada Al-Samman (غادة السمّان) is a Syrian writer, journalist and novelist born in Damascus. Due to the severe Syrian humanitarian crises, it occured to me to translate some of her poems. I’m not a translator (and I don’t know if these poems have been translated previously) but I did my best to preserve the meanings and the feelings of the poems.
The virtual impostor
At an auction he was able to sell even his shadow
And a piece of his homeland …
And above of all that, my tribe adored him one day!
The first poem: “A war that we don’t want among us”
The third poem: “Dear eternity, I want a truce of love”
The original poem in Arabic:
في المزاد العلني استطاع أن يبيع حتى ظله
وقطعة من وطنه…
وفوق ذلك كله، عشقته قبيلتي ذات يوم!