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The philosopher sits thinking—leave him.
Don’t make him an authority—but don’t crucify him;
Hasn’t anyone told you that the philosophers
Who have spoken to him all turn back and make him a liar?

Extraordinary, no?

– Salah Jahin

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Quatrain 15

A watcher in the night, love-lorn — how I’ve plotted, planned, and circled
Around the coming night, in the darkness, risen from and to see
All my fears like an angry dog blocking the road;
One I’ve wanted to kill for years — but have always been afraid to.

Why?

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Quatrain 12

Door! You’re closed, and when will I enter?
I’ve been patient for so long — so long I’ve wanted to come in;
I’ve knocked for years only to hear the reply “Who is it?”
— If I knew who I were, Door, I would say and come in.

– Salah Jahin

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Quatrain 27

Every thousand windows was two eyes open, watching,
When you and I were walking together, my love;
If we clung together, we might die from the rocks they threw
But if we parted, we might die from the grief of two.

– Salah Jahin

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Quatrain 11

The treachery of Time, I told my heart, is that it is faithless;
And the day will come and you will need someone’s love, and faith;
And my heart trembled and asked, “What do I believe in?”
“What do I believe in…?” it asked angrily.
In what time told me.

– Salah Jahin

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Quatrain 10

This world is a present pleasure without limits;
But in it, why the scorpion, the snake, and the worm
Of a mangy world, a past place that said “Goodbye” already
This, and how many other questions without answers!

Incredible.

– Salah Jahin

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Quatrain 14

I love life, but if ever I were absented from it;
I would awaken like I had just been born of new parents:
A bird, an animal, an insect, a man — but still alive —
Transformed in life, until I became like the plants again.

How wonderful!

– Salah Jahin

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