Nizar Qabbani: “I Love You”

I Love You

I love you thirty years each day.
I feel as though I’m trying
to catch up with my life.
I feel as though the days
are too short on you.
The minutes run by
and I keep chasing after.
I feel as though I’m starting
to put something together,
to plant something, somehow,
in the womb of the earth.
I feel, when I love you,
I am reshaping time.

Nizar Qabbani

Translated from Arabic by Paul Weinfield, © 2017
Photo by Rimel Neffati
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