Saadi Youssef

(Basra)

The Bird's Last Flight - Poem by Saadi Youssef

When I enter the earth's nest
Contented
And glad,
My wings resting,
I will free my eyelids so not to see
The trees swaying nearer.
Do not cry over me.
I said do not cry.

If you wish, remember that my wings
Are water
And there is no water without waves
And no waves without a shore where they crash.
I rest here
Contented
And glad
To have reached the last shore.
Do not cry.
Even the sound of my breathing cannot reach me...

Translated by Khaled Mattawa


Comments about The Bird's Last Flight by Saadi Youssef

  • Rookie Sarah Alwan (6/19/2014 4:04:00 PM)

    Where can I get the original title? (Report) Reply

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  • Silver Star - 3,265 Points Pradip Chattopadhyay (9/17/2013 4:08:00 AM)

    great poem and a brilliant translation! (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Poem Edited: Tuesday, September 17, 2013


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