The Creative Giants Issue

Poem: Son of the Mountains, Daughter of the Prairies

'He storms your eyes, and yours his.'

By Aisha Al Saifi

Translated from the Arabic by Salma Harland

Illustration by Omani artist Shahd Al Hamdi for Sekka.

You fall in love with him, and he you.

He storms your eyes, and yours his.

The water of life breaks forth

As his outstretched palms in your hands rest.

You mirror his image, and him yours –

You imprint his likeness upon your soul:

You resemble his sorrows, his joys,

His broad genial smile upon seeing you,

His fretful daily cares, his sweet delights,

And all his subtle idiosyncrasies combined.

You break with each of his hopeless defeats.

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