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My days and my nights -- translation from my Arabic poem

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My days and my nights -- translation from my Arabic poem

This is a lousy translation of my just-as-lousy first attempt at writing poems in Arabic. I've only been learning Arabic for a year and a half, so there goes the cliches; the sentiment is genuine and heartfelt though. It was too painful to say the things I want to say in I turned to Arabic. It's also a lot more concise in Arabic. 

You came back to me, in my dreams

On the day that

My eyes first knew you

O, how I wish it was today!

O, how I wish to return to that day!


My hand remembers you

My heart remembers you

You are in everything I see

The tree under her we sat

The cat that ran between our legs


Once, once, once…

Once you were with me

O I do not forget my days and nights –

A month like a year;

A night like an hour.

I cannot — I cannot!

I cannot forget my days and nights (with you)

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