One Poem. One Planet. — Sherko Bekas

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IN A FOREST

 

Darkness came
And in its lair, a lion thought
Of how, tomorrow, to attack the neighboring tiger.
The tiger was thinking:
Of how, tomorrow, to skin the fox.
The fox was thinking:
Of how, tomorrow, to approach the
garden’s gate to eat
the baby-doves.
The dove was thinking:
Of how, tomorrow, to bring together
the hunter, the birds and
the animals of the forest.
How could she, she wondered.

— Sherko Bekas (Iraq)

 

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