the ugly earring

ug‧ly [uhg-lee] offensive to the sense of beauty; displeasing in appearance

a pair

The two absent ones: you and I
you and I are the two absent ones

A pair of white doves
chatting on the branches of a holm oak

(from the horse fell off the poem, Mahmoud Darwish)

(Yemenite Bride and Groom: here)

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thoughts that go gray

“I thought poetry could change everything, could change history and could humanize, and I think that the illusion is very necessary to push poets to be involved and to believe, but now I think that poetry changes only the poet.”

~Mahmoud Darwish

photo: here