Nizar Qabbani: “Language”

Language

When a man is in love,
how can he use old words?
Does a woman, desiring her lover,
lie down with sages and scholars?

And so I said nothing
to the woman I adore.
I packed my words in a suitcase
and fled from all language.

Nizar Qabbani

Translated from Arabic by Paul Weinfield, ©
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