I’ve Grown Into a Child

04-11 Hafsa
Hafsa Bint al-Hajj al-Rukuniyya
Arab Andalusian
1135 – 1191

I’ve grown into a child
jealous of my own eyes.
Mad that they get to host you,
grinning for when I’ll steal you.

Like parents my eyes demand caution,
holding you beyond reach.
They make me think of nothing
but later—someday—the Day of Release.

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