Life by Abdellatif Laâbi

translated by André Naffis-Sahely

Life
It’s enough I woke up
the sun to my right
the moon to my left
and that I walked
from my mother’s womb
to the threshold of this century
Life
It’s enough that I tasted this fruit
I wrote about what I witnessed
I never kept quiet about the horrors
I did all I could
and everything I took, I gave over to love
Life
is nothing short of a miracle
that nobody sees
O wounded body
wounded soul
admit you’ve been happy
Just between us
admit it

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