My Tears

In honor of Dia de Andalucia, we present this work by one of the greatest poets of Andalusian Spain.

Hamda bint Ziyad
Arab Andalusian
12th century


My tears bare my secrets in a river of apparent charm.

Rivers touring gardens and gardens touring rivers.

And among the gazelles is a joydoe who’s palmed my heart and unsleeped my eyes.

And when she unpins her hair you see the moon in a dark horizon, as though the dawn has lost a brother and worn his mourning dress.

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