"All of Them"

Everybody said it was useless

Everybody said, “you’re trying to lean on sun dust”
that  the beloved before whose tree I stand 
can’t be reached

Everybody said, “you’re crazy to throw yourself
headlong into a volcano and sing”

Everybody said that salty mountain
won’t yield even one glass of wine

Everybody said, “You can’t dance on one foot”

Everybody said, there won’t be any lights at the party

That’s what they all said
but everybody came to the party anyway.
“All of Them”, by Qasim Haddad, 1970.

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