Co-transcreated from Arabic by Vivienne Glance and Afeif Ismail.
they grow up
as if they hadn’t lived with us under one roof
since their birth;
as if we did not know them,
they become free creatures,
we are no longer the centre of the circle,
a distant point on a line.
They have their own dreams
other than those that we drew for them
since before they were born.
We gave them their unique names
that never existed in the dictionary of similarities!
There is a reason for the sun to shine
when they are spreading their wings to fly;
while we are still the residents of the last century
they play their tune between the clouds
and they call us distinguished earth people;
at that moment
they will forgive us
for our interference
with their lives.
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