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This poem is taken from PN Review 210, Volume 39 Number 4, March - April 2013.

Versions of Gaariye
from literal translations by Martin Orwin
Robert Minhinnick
for Stephen Robert Harris

Arrogance


Such wilful people:
such bewildering people.
Wonder at this warning.

Learn awe for the earth
and allow your tears to tell
of the infinitesimals that we are.

Take note of the night,
its astonishing starlight,
the cartwheeling constellations.

Love lightning. Think thunder.
Drink the green wine in the wind.
Question the cloud.

Celebrate silence
or when the camel calls its milk music.
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