Don’t you feel we have lost so much 
that our great love is now only words, 
that there’s no more yearning, no urgency, 
no real joy in our hearts, and when we meet 
no wonder in our eyes?

Don’t you feel our encounters are frozen, 
our kisses cold, 
that we’ve lost the fervor of contact 
and now merely exchange polite talk? 
Or we forget to meet at all 
and tell false excuses …

Don’t you feel that our brief hurried letters 
lack feeling and spirit, 
contain no whispers or dreams of love, 
that our responses are slow and burdened …

Don’t you feel a world has tumbled down 
and another arisen? 
That our end will be bitter and frightening 
because the end not fall on us suddenly 
but came from within

Samih al-Qasim, a great poet who passed away today, 19th of August 2014. Fly beyond imagining!