Layla Al-Sayed (Bahrain, 1967)
I divided my dream
While on his road, I cut off what should not have remained of it.
Later, walking on
I left behind that boisterous laugh of mine
And crossed to the other shore,
Took off my smile,
Walked on with no poem
With no love,
I then saw that body of mine
Still full of passion,
I had no doubt in throwing her across the threshold
And went in with no body
The victims come at the evening
And count my sins against me.
Tranlated by Ted Wrigley
Layla Al-Sayed was born in Bahrain in 1967, A poet, philologist and critic. She is a member of the Bahrain Writer's Association and of the National Film Circle. Her work has been published in a number of anthologies both within and outside her country. Her poetry has been translated into German, English and Spanish. A highlight is her participation in the al-Ard poetry event in Switzerland, as well as in El Cairo. She is a well known student of the region's poetry and popular traditions. She published her first book of poetry under the title: We Passed by There, 2002. She has two unpublished books of poetry and an essay on female Arab novel in exile.