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Audrey’s Story: ‘As Ever’ Monday, 18 January 2010

Posted by edincityoflit in Stories.

My first semester of college, I had a wonderful professor who made each of his students pick a poem, memorize it, and then recite it at random moments throughout the weeks of the course. I had recently fallen in love with the ghazal form of poetry, so I chose to memorize Agha Shahid Ali’s ghazal “As Ever”. I still find myself going over the lines of the poem in my head or writing them down on paper every once in a while.

An era’s passed since the luxury of tears—

Make me weep, Consoler, let blood know its rain.

From New York to Andalusia I searched for you—

Lorca, dazzled on your lips, is all of Spain.

It’s just one poem, but every couplet tells a new and different story. When they are strung together, it’s as if all the world is alive in those words.


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