Nizar Qabbani: “Entering the Sea”

Entering the Sea

Love
came at last
and we entered God’s garden
We slid
like fish
beneath the surface of the water
We saw
the pearls of the sea
and were moonstruck

Love
came at last
without fear or force
I gave and you gave
and we were fair

It happened with such ease
like someone writing with jasmine water
like a fountain springing from the earth

Nizar Qabbani

Translated from Arabic by Paul Weinfield, © 2013
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