Footnote

By Faraj Bayrakdar

Sad and desperate
Bleak and forlorn
With guilty conscience
And bad intentions
Blindfolded
On the brink of the abyss
Burdened by 
     Shackles
     Mines
     C
offins
Forgive us Oh Mother of the Mothers
This is our world
And no other Christ but singing

Saydnayya Prison,  1999

Translated from the Arabic by Elie Chalala
This poem appeared in Al Jadid, Vols. 13/14, nos. 58/59 (2005)

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