INSIDE by Ahmed Arif
Translated from Kurdish into English by Murat-Nemet Nejat
Have you heard, stone wall?
Iron door, blind window,
My pillow, my bunk, my chair,
My hidden sad picture for which
I risk death again and again,
Have you heard?
My visitor brought green onions,
My cigarettes smell of cloves.
Spring has come to the mountains of my land.