Summer Storm

In honor of the Prophet’s Birthday, we present this work by one of Islam’s most lyrical poets.

z 10-19-21
Ibn Shuhayd
Arab Andalusian
992 – 1035


The sky darkens:
flowers open their mouths
and search for the udders
of the nurturing rain

as battalions of black
water-laden clouds
parade majestically past
flashing their golden swords.


Translation by Cola Franzen

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