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Noshi Gilani

There Was a Heart that Burnt Out: Light

There was a heart that burnt out: light
Light O god, O god light

Flower, perfume, stars, breeze: light
These are your names, no matter how we shape you

When afternoon rose on the evening's horizon
Who was it in my heart who said: light

Now there is no point in adorning the stars
The season of meeting him is gone: light

Dawn broke on a dream in which
I wrote simply by looking: light

The two curses we are trapped between:
How we live in darkness, how we imagine: light

[Translated by Nukhbah Langah and Lavinia Greenlaw]

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Please Bring a Token Home from Each Journey

Please bring a token home from each journey
Along with your worn-out feet, bring butterfly wings

I am writing the story of our companionship
If you can, please bring a noble word

I hope fidelity will not exhaust us
That we can renew this romance

That if in some enchanted place, you are captured
by a moonlit face, you will carve a likeness, bring it home

Your passion for travel takes you away from home
Please do not bring back regret like dust in your pockets

It is strange air that we all breathe
May your eyes fill when you come home

[Translated by Nukhbah Langah and Lavinia Greenlaw]

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