Poetry is dangerous. “Interpretations” by Mourid Barghouti




A poet sits in a coffee shop, writing:
the old lady
thinks he is writing a letter to his mother,
the young woman
thinks he is writing a letter to his girlfriend,
the child
thinks he is drawing,
the businessman
thinks he is considering a deal,
the tourist
thinks he is writing a postcard,
the employee
thinks he is calculating his debts,
the secret policeman
walks slowly, towards him

(Translated by Mourid Barghouti and Radwa Ashour)

Mourid Barghouti, a Palestinian Poet


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