Najwan Darwish: Belated recognition – 63

Often I was the stone the builders neglected
But when they came, worn out and remorseful
after the destruction
and said, “You are the cornerstone”
there was nothing left to build

Their denial was more bearable
than their belated recognition

© 2012, Najwan Darwish
From: Anthologie poétique
Publisher: Al-Feel Publications, Jerusalem, 2012

© Translation: 2012, Kareem James Abu-Zeid
First published on Poetry International, 2012

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