Berlin - Friedrichshagen *)

A tree bleeding
in this Winter night;
Glaciers and sand
overflowing the road.

At the timberyard,
resin in the flesh of logs;
and here, in the pine,
a bleeding face,
ashen green.

Waters, fairies, and rabbits,
stags and fawns playing at dawn,
pressing grass for sleep --
concealments, glades,
a body loosing serum;
in this night,
distended by blue;
on this earth,
strayed in the words
of a greedy mind.

Anwar Al-Ghassani
September 5, 1995

*) The Sound of Poetry (print and voice recording on CD),, 2002