A Song for the Lightning Bird
Sleep quiet and safe
seven rose bushes will guard your sleep
and a bird whistling a heavenly tune,
Keep the ending open
and shut the door tight,
and if they knock,
Do not open,
the poem is by your head, the glass of water,
and the lightning bird is in your sleep,
have you seen someone in the garden?
Still, if they knock, do not open,
Keep the ending open,
Shut the door tight,
and still if they knock,
“Ughniya Li Ta’ir al-Barq” from the collection Ṣaqr fawqa raʼsahu shams; ʻAṣr al-taslīyah. Baghdad: al-Mada, 2006.