Turtle

by Yousif al-Saigh

A turtle entered our house.
We were very disturbed.
My wife said:
-Throw it out.
Our neighbor said:
-Kill it.
The maid said…
The Imam said…
All the neighbors gathered
and every one suggested a solution
while the turtle was listening
while the turtle was weeping upon herself
and us.

Translated by Saadi Simawe and Chuck Miller

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