From the Doorstep to Heaven
With the sad rain
Drenching my sad face,
I dream of a ladder of dust,
Collected from hunched backs
And hands clinging onto knees,
To mount to highest heaven
What becomes of our prayers and sighs.
O my beloved,
All the prayers and sighs,
All the laments and cries for help,
Millions of lips and hearts,
Through thousands of years and centuries,
Must be gathered somewhere in heaven,
These words of mine
Are now close to those of Jesus.
So let us await the tears of heaven,
Mohammad al Maghout
Translated by Mounah Khouri and Hamid Alger
from, Treasury of Arabic Love. Editor, Farid Bitar. New York: Hippocrene Books.