When Autumn Came

When Autumn Came

  by Faiz Ahmed Faiz
translated by Naomi Lazard


This is the way that autumn came to the trees:

it stripped them down to the skin,

left their ebony bodies naked.

It shook out their hearts, the yellow leaves,

scattered them over the ground.

Anyone could trample them out of shape

undisturbed by a single moan of protest.

The birds that herald dreams

were exiled from their song,

each voice torn out of its throat.

They dropped into the dust

even before the hunter strung his bow.

Oh, God of May have mercy.

Bless these withered bodies

with the passion of your resurrection;

make their dead veins flow with blood again.

Give some tree the gift of green again.

Let one bird sing.



3 thoughts on “When Autumn Came

    1. Thank you very much! I am self-taught when it comes to photography, and I am learning (slowly). I don’t know what kind of pictures you want to take, but there’s undoubtedly a book or a course that would help! There are lots of resources online, for example, and I know my camera store gives classes. I think the key is just to keep at it and practice. I should go out more, as a matter of fact.

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