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Abdulrahman Almajedi

Translated by Dikra Rida
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COAT

Our grandfather is a kindly elder
to our father.
Our foolishness reminds him of his youth,
so he cries,
then claims they are droplets of rain.


JACKET

Guardian of the guards,
its buttons are the gates of the city,
its delicate routes lead
the blindmen’s hands to their homes.


SHIRT

Its colours are lover’s traps,
a friend of summer,
a fighter in his presence,
the one who hides, in cowardice,
from the relentless winter.


SHOES

Obedient twins,
Carting the body wherever it wishes.
Contented in their fate, they obey the master,
and the dirt of the road.


TROUSERS

In their somber stance,
long living,
yet they’re unlike their cousins coming
from the land of jeans.


DRESS

The envied.
Hear its gentle calling,
the beginning of rain.

SOCKS

Loved when filled.
Degraded after the journey.
Two unknown soldiers.

UNDERWEAR
Mute.
Keeper of secrets in stone.
The last witness.

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