For Your Friday

“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.”
– Faiz Ahmed Faiz, from “When Autumn Came,” translated by Naomi Lazard


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