Light is More Important Than the Lantern

BY NIZAR QABBANI

Light is more important than the lantern,

The poem more important than the notebook,

And the kiss more important than the lips.

My letters to you

Are greater and more important than both of us.

They are the only documents

Where people will discover

Your beauty

And my madness.

 

 

Syria, 1923-1998

translated by B. Frangieh And C. Brown

Source: Old Poetry