A Palm Tree

Abd-al Rahman, Emir of Cordoba
Arab Andalusian
731 – 788


A palm tree stands in the middle of Rusafa,
born in the West, far from the land of palms.
I said to it: How like me you are, far away and in exile,
in long separation from family and friends.
You have sprung from soil in which you are a stranger;
and I, like you, am far from home.

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