SUSANNE AYOUB: Poetry

Edition Podium 2021

“In Susanne Ayoub’s poetry we find literary methods and themes similar to those in her novels, audio plays, theater plays, and films: monologue and dialogue, boldness and sensitivity, biography and history, memory and topicality, past and present, loss and rediscovery. Except here, in accordance with the genre, these methods and themes appear more personal, more intense, more pictorial, and often more enigmatic.”

(From the Foreword)

A THOUSAND AND ONE SECRETS
I long for him that I love
when I see him I am still
I lower my eyes
in the shelter of my feelings
I wait till he follows.

(From the cycle On Fulfilled, Unrequited, and Faded Love)

HOMECOMING
Alone in the dark
eyes shut
a gray glow
I don’t see
but I do see
the shape made of gray
it is a woman
she’s lost her husband
she’s lost her son
sisters and brothers
lost neighbors and friends
I want to get away
then he nears
he has no hands no legs
he has no feet no arms
no more eyes
he finds no ears
he is so near
I can smell
the rot
I cannot get away
the third one has only
one voice I’m
lying on my back
he says
hands folded
on his chest
hands
tainted with blood
I’m coming home
with all honors
shrouded in the stuff
of my homeland
of the flag
I want to wake up
it’s not a dream

(From the cycle In War)

YOUR ELEMENTS
Your eyes’nightvelvet
moonskin mild
firetongue
breathless storm
resting
in the shade of your lashes

(From the cycle You Talking To Me)

Translation Geoffrey Howes