The Dead in the Garden
by Fady Joudah, translating from the Arabic by Ghassan Zaqtan

copyright © Translation copyright 2012 by Fady Joudah

Don’t open the window
don’t wake up
I beg you don’t wake up …
they were dancing on the garden grass
as if they were the garden’s motive
or its meditation
and they were screaming there

Beneath the light
their dust was coming apart

it had rained at night
all night.