Yosef Qimhi: The Dream of the Poem: Hebrew Poetry from Muslim and Christian Spain
Poems from The Dream of the Poem: Hebrew Poetry from Muslim and Christian Spain, 950-1492, (Princeton University Press).
Translated from the Arabic by Peter Cole
Peter Cole is the recipient of a 2004 PEN Translation Fund Award for The Dream of the Poem: Hebrew Poetry from Muslim and Christian Spain (Princeton University Press).
Love for the World
Man in his love for the world is like
a dog gnawing on bones:
He sucks the blood between his lips
and doesn’t know it’s his own.
Always Be Vigilant
Always be vigilant not to take
anyone lightly, no matter their size—
lest you end up holding your throat
as you gag on the smallest of flies.
I’m always amazed by intelligent people
who never consider this:
How is it that man grows so proud
when he comes from the place where we piss?
Suffer Your Sorrow
Suffer your sorrow to soften the pain.
Try to resist and the sorrow remains.