Sayyidah Zainab mosque, southern Damascus (detail): photo by elifayse, 3 October 2005
My lover asks me:
"What is the difference between me and the sky?"
The difference, my love,
Is that when you laugh,
I forget about the sky.
Damascus on a snowy day: photo by Elph, 30 January 2008
Nizar Qabbani (1923-1998): My Lover Asks Me, translated by Bassam Frangieh And Clementina R. Brown