Talk to me
Write a word
on a paper or on the very table.
on the floor or on the sky.
Write a word on a wall.
open someone's mind
and drop it in there
like a seed.
and they'll heed.
A. T. B. © 2011
شيء عن السعادة
ْكذبوا , ان السعادةْ
كتبت : ان السماء
أمطرت في ليلة الأمس ضفادع
يا صديقي , سرقوا منك السعادة
في حبال الكلمات
ليقولوا عنك : مت
ليبيعوك مكاناً في السماء
آه ما جدوى البكاء
أنا خجلانُ محمد
سرقت منا السعادةْ
و أنا رغم العذاب
في طريق الشمس سائرْ
زرعوا الليل خناجر
ان سقف الليل ينهار عليهم
و حذارِ أن تخون
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