Ghassan Zaqtan

1954 / Beit Jala / Palestine

Cavafy's Builders

I have a tune in the melody
with which I did not arrive
but it is my only gold
and means

It has the probability of improvisation
the tenderness of verbs
and the solidity of narration

As if secret builders Cavafy had awakened
were passing through the hills
and started digging by my pillow!
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