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Poem

Rosa Jamali

Like a hanging jug

Like a hanging jug
No drink is pouring off me
It’s natural to be numbed gradually

Pig-headed seashells!
This boasting sky
Is an anchor
Which has fallen on my lap
This dizzy sky!
The moon’s been cleared
A shadow\'s coming after me
Barefoot you used to run
through my dreams!

Enjoyed?!
Numbed?!

All my veins are connected to this land . . .

Like a hanging jug
Joyful of this sky
A huge whale swallowed it whole one day

You waved your hands
And it was over!
The Gulf was over!

Like a hanging jug
It’s simple!
I lost the game
And gambled all away . . .

LIKE A HANGING JUG

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Like a hanging jug

Like a hanging jug
No drink is pouring off me
It’s natural to be numbed gradually

Pig-headed seashells!
This boasting sky
Is an anchor
Which has fallen on my lap
This dizzy sky!
The moon’s been cleared
A shadow\'s coming after me
Barefoot you used to run
through my dreams!

Enjoyed?!
Numbed?!

All my veins are connected to this land . . .

Like a hanging jug
Joyful of this sky
A huge whale swallowed it whole one day

You waved your hands
And it was over!
The Gulf was over!

Like a hanging jug
It’s simple!
I lost the game
And gambled all away . . .

Like a hanging jug

Like a hanging jug
No drink is pouring off me
It’s natural to be numbed gradually

Pig-headed seashells!
This boasting sky
Is an anchor
Which has fallen on my lap
This dizzy sky!
The moon’s been cleared
A shadow\'s coming after me
Barefoot you used to run
through my dreams!

Enjoyed?!
Numbed?!

All my veins are connected to this land . . .

Like a hanging jug
Joyful of this sky
A huge whale swallowed it whole one day

You waved your hands
And it was over!
The Gulf was over!

Like a hanging jug
It’s simple!
I lost the game
And gambled all away . . .
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