ISSUE #4 FOREST, AUTUMN 2014
CREATIVE WRITING
Tarzan of Pain Seeks Return to His Jungle

The history of my childhood:

A lone mulberry tree in the field

*

I lost a ring in the wild one day

While flashing like a fish under the rushing still-muddy waters of the drinking canal

My mother’s ring, bought from me by the wind in return for the birds in the trees

*

Syria once only a few kilometers away

Now thousands apart

The door ajar, the alleyways, and the breasts of birds glimmering on coals like
the planet Venus

*

Where have the children of Deir Al Asafeer gone

A face among them always on the verge of tears?

*

Now he grows just like the trees, birds flocking to him before they arrive dead
at the sea

*

All these far-fled years

I hid them from my parents

I remained asleep beneath that tree there by the house, and no one ever woke me

*

In the strange continents of fear, we left our shadows at home to grow with the trees

*

What is left but places shed of their inhabitants

Your heart-swelling sight was the lifeblood of shepherds

And a hint of your trace was bread left out for the quick of pace

*

A chair in a prison:

An iron tree upon which prisoners climbed naked

The Tarzan of pain seeks return to his jungle

*

We would draw fish upon the sand and catch them

And the tree would call us one by one by name

*

The door that was once an apricot tree

longs for the wild.

 

Translated by Lina Mounzer

ABOUT AUTHOR
Akram Alkatreb is a poet from Syria and the author of four collections of poetry, published in Arabic.

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