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Safinah

سفينة

 

`Aphinar, ‘Aphinar...

Lonely name in the dreamer’s eyes

Vague as half-forgiven memory

 

His sheet   a sail

And from the window pane

Autumn’s bleak flame

 

In the last grip

Regret dissolves

Leaving a trail

of dazed oblivion

 

Surrender is a fact

A fear no more

   In the empty antechamber

of his dissolving core

 

`Aphinar,

Steal his last gaze!

And like the Egyptian boat

Return him to his endless Summer

At last

And to her silent Weaver.

 

Aphinar was the ship, that,

in Rimbaud’s testament, was meant to take him back home, to Africa.