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Ghazal 6: At Life's Banquet
(23 November 1920 - 20 April 1970 / (Cernăuţi, Bukovin) Chernivtsi, Ukraine)

Ghazal 6: At Life's Banquet

O Sufi! Come and see how my cup mirrors light
Tempting you to glance at the ruby wine so bright

Of rapt revelers, question the secret beyond the veil
Knowledge of this, beyond the zealot's soul will sail

The phoenix is the prey of none. Unleash your snare
Lay your net here and hunt down but empty air

Drink wine at life's banquet with wealth galore
Curb hope and desire to let union last evermore

O heart! Your prime is over, no rose for ecstasy
Gray-haired men seek virtue, name and gravity

Seek ready joys; for Adam, nothing did remain
'The Son of Man lost the home of peace in vain'

My rights, which are the menial's due, I plead
Lord! Vouch to glance upon your slave and lead

Hafiz gives in to wine. O morning breeze! Blow away!
To master of Jam, the greetings of this servant convey

English Translation © Ali Salami
Tehran, Iran

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1. on the Holocaust theme, a poem by Barbara Sonek: Holocaust We played, we laughed we were loved. We were ripped from the arms of our parents and thrown into the fire. We were nothing more than children.
2. We had a future. We were going to be lawyers, rabbis, wives, teachers, mothers. We had dreams, then we had no hope. We were taken away in the dead of night like cattle in cars, no air to breathe smothering, crying, starving, dying. Separated from the world to be no more. From the ashes, hear our plea. This atrocity to mankind can not happen again. Remember us, for we were the children whose dreams and lives were stolen away. (Barbara Sonek)
Such an interesting write by Paul Celan as translated by Michael Hamburger👍👍👍
Black milk! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us.
we dig a grave in the breezes there one lies unconfined Beautiful poem shared. 10
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