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Stones never listen to requests
stones never flat in water
you may worship the stone
you may turn it into an idol
no difference— idols are real or stony
stones are stones,
stones never listen to the prayer
you may kiss the stones
you may respect the stones
in a reaction
they would kill your thoughts
because they are stones.

When her emotions were crying
something was crawling inside her
a shrill turmoil
she whimpered before the stone
she knocked her head against the stone
her thoughts were wounded
her fragrance was dead
if she thinks still
that the history of her sacred wound
is engraved in the monument of the stone
she is ignorant
because stones absorb nothing
stones never float in the water
stones are stones

Translated by S. S. Noor


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