Poems from al-Andalus

Love Poems

قصائد الحب

In my palace,
I have built a hundred fountains.

Though they play all day,
none can catch
the sparkle of her eyes.

Fall is the season
of the great migration.

Under cloudy skies,
I raise her handkerchief,
but find her scent has flown.

In my garden,
I have created paradise.

Alas, the chaffinch
sings her heart out
in my neighbor's tree.

First published at Poetry Soup.

Female Chaffinch