I Conquer the Universe with Words by Nizar Kabbani

I conquer the universe with words.
I ravish the mother tongue,
The syntax, the grammar,
The verbs, and the nouns,
I violate the virginity of things
And form another language
That conceals the secret of fire
And the secret of water.
I illuminate the coming age
And stop the time in your eyes,
Erasing the line that separates
This moment from the years.

translated by Bassam K. Frangieh & Clementina R. Brown

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