Saturday, March 23, 2013

Faved!: Vénus Khoury-Ghata's [Where do words come from?]


translated by Marilyn Hacker

Where do words come from? 
from what rubbing of sounds are they born 
on what flint do they light their wicks 
what winds brought them into our mouths 

Their past is the rustling of stifled silences 
the trumpeting of molten elements 
the grunting of stagnant waters 

Sometimes 
they grip each other with a cry
expand into lamentations 
become mist on the windows of dead houses 
crystallize into chips of grief on dead lips 
attach themselves to a fallen star 
dig their hole in nothingness 
breathe out strayed souls 

Words are rocky tears 
the keys to the first doors 
they grumble in caverns 
lend their ruckus to storms 
their silence to bread that's ovened alive

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