When Melodies Gather: Oral Art of the Mahra

Enough, My Heart, Enough!

Poem #13 from the Dīwān of Ḥājj Dākōn.

Recited by Ḥājj Dākōn and recorded by Sam Liebhaber at the Khalīj Hotel, al-Ghaydha, January 27, 2004.

1) ḫīh ḳalbī ḫīh // men bī tehǧēsEnough, my heart! Leave off // from murmuring to me!
2) fōn berk b-ḫeyr // men awsəwēsOnce upon a time I was safe // from [your] whispers
3) w-ḏēd śeǧyūk // w-deḳ eǧrēsAnd as for the one stirring you up // and ringing your bell
4) leh śebk ḥdīd // w-leh metrēsShe’s got iron bars on her window // and bolts [on her door].
5) w-hōd we-ḳtōn // w-menh ġmēsBe quiet and be firm // and stay away from that one,
6) kmēt eśśəġeyb // w-śewḳek ḥbēsHide your distress // and contain your desire.
7) tē wlū tḥōm šeh // teġweh w-termēsEven if you want her // just to sit together and talk all night,
8) yṭarḥek lā // lyeh ḥeryēsThey will never let you, // those who are guarding her.

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