The Arrival of Seagulls

 
I have seen gulls,
in holy visions,
hover and invent
the sound of horses.
 
I have seen them
give alms to rats
hungry for crumbs of bread,
crucified on the altar.
 
I have seen them
flap their wings and swallow
common rules of fish.
Reinvent the physics
of a silver talisman’s dance
on the sea’s curve.
 
I have seen rats
feast at the fall of dusk.
They claim to be the genesis of light. 
 
 
 
 
translated by Amira rammah