Given the realities of today’s
A few days ago I found an anthology called, “ Iraqi Poetry Today”. This collection contains Iraqi modern poetry in translation and is edited by Saadi Simawe. I am going to share with you one of these poems here. The poems in this collection are mostly from years before the current war. Some of these poems are really touching and bear much of the story of
An Iraqi Evening
by Yousif al-Sa’igh
Clips from the battlefield
in an Iraqi evening:
a peaceable home
preparing their homework
a little girl
absentmindedly drawing on scrap paper
-breaking news coming shortly.
The entire house becomes ears
ten Iraqi eyes glued to the screen in frightened silence.
the smell of war
and the smell of just baked bread.
The mother raises her eyes to a photo on the wall
-May God protect you
and she begins preparing supper
and in her mind
clips float past of the battlefield
carefully selected for hope.
Translated by Saadi A Simawe, Ralph Savarese and Chuck Miller