By Aisha Al Saifi
Translated from the Arabic by Salma Harland
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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