Poem of the Week, week 1: Mansur Rajih "And Yet They Sing"

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The world is more beautiful than we can imagine
The world is a river
and the atmosphere is a bird’s song
and green tree
The tiny movement of the leaves
is a fine song
Dreams without borders
the progression of seasons
The earth hovers
in eternity
around the sun
This is the world
More beautiful than we want to know
and more delicate
More fragile than we can abide

Mansur Rajih

Translated by Ren Powell at lyrikline.org

See the poem in Arabic and Norwegian

Read more poems by Mansur Rajih at Words Without Borders

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