YOU ARE EVERYTHING / Poem by Ibrahim Honjo

Poem by Ibrahim Honjo

 

YOU ARE EVERYTHING

You are the queen in a non-existent land
with no subjects and offspring
you are a thorn in youthful eyes 
and iron on youthful lips

you are a stone on their soft hearts
and a block of ice in their bare souls
you are someone people can get by without
and someone they cannot get by without

you’re a prostitute in all lives
and rain from wild clouds
and an overflowing river
and joy and a cry and echo
you undress to bare skin in bare times
on the podium of curiosity of wild boys

you were born naked in an even more naked country
more naked you rule boiling hearts
you dissipate nudity throughout the universe
not knowing anything about your nonexistent kingdom

you are the queen of all queens
who shamefully float above amorous looks
of beardless boys who live with one single thought
masturbating secretly and sighing in a non-existent country
for the non-existent queen
dreaming of her in her voluptuous nudity

you are the queen of love superior to all queens
you are all that a male imagination can conceive
you are a stumbling block for wanton young men
you are their suffering and their inexhaustible pain
you are someone people cannot and can get by without

now when you know how young men scatter their virginity
and destroy unborn generations
submit yourself to them in blue dusk at the end of a cul-de-sac
and salvage everything you can
taking care not to lose any of your beautiful nudity.

Ibrahim Honjo, from book “Poems I didn’t want to write, some other dreams”2011

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