I'd stop at November
let the bombs fall
people’s knees break
let presidents change, human rights, politics,
the shift of power move from the right wing to the left and back to right again
and witness how fast November nights
turn to days
let new movements turn into history
lies turn into facts
see how contemporary arts in years get a name
and be replaced by the new work of art, "Brain in the canvas-- Splash!"
let writers die, poets, painters, prophets
those who preached soul and those who preached flesh
wither, change form,
lost in the prisons they created for themselves
forget them! - for a moment of eternity only ours to share
and lie here in my arms,
breathe in my chest--
for as long as you feel
and if you feel like leaving--
take the fast train,
watch as shapes distort outside the window
and from what is outside, be constantly afraid of what's inside;
closed doors now open wide
those open now shut
between your lips mumbling mantras
talking to yourself about chakras
babbling about karma, the third eye...
and God standing great amidst all.
because you knew Him once,
you knew Him! of course now He talks.
let your roots spread somewhere else
on the soft after the rain soil
and become a tree if you wish,
give birth to leaves and seeds that will give birth to trees
as forests unveil under your feet:
orange short-lived fruits,
purple Jacarandas... from you,
but none of them yours.
bathe in their warmth
grow in their color
as leaves in every season do.
or choose another path,
one, I've never heard about.
outside of art, poetry, paintings,
outside of the place where the sun stares into our eyes
and the moon silently judges us at night
where the cops do not ask, "What are you doing at this time of night?"
and we don't have to answer, smiling, eating apples, eyes red,
"Just taking a walk."
as for me,
I would stop at this month.
watch your eyes move as you dream,
measure your eyelashes’ length,
and silently dance with the rhythm of your heart.
such small lips...
but your life is your life.
Photo is courtesy of Kushtrim Thaqi.