Prayer – Faleeha Hassan

 

 

I beg You, God,
Help us:
We who are children just turned forty,
We who still don’t know how to shake the gooey skin from our pithy words.
We haven’t wandered aimlessly with a dog
Purely
Because our grandfathers’ bones have been filling the cemeteries that our streets demand.
We haven’t drunk coffee,
Because the noise of their artillery doesn’t allow us to sleep.
Please, God,
When you are nigh, we ought not dream of sheltering under blankets;
We want to see, no matter what You have in mind for us
I beg You!
Don’t make matters go from bad to worse!
We’re still kids–
Forever.

…………………………………………………………..Translated by William Hutchins


Faleeha Hassan is an Iraqi poet, playwright, editor and teacher who currently lives in New Jersey. Honoured in the Middle East, and reviewer of many Iraqi poetry contests, Hassan is noted as the first poet to write for children in Iraq.

 

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