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Laâbi, A. (2016). In Vain I Migrate. Att: New Dir. in Psychother. Relat. Psychoanal., 10(3):245.

(2016). Attachment: New Directions in Psychotherapy and Relational Psychoanalysis, 10(3):245

In Vain I Migrate

Abdellatif Laâbi

I migrate in vain

In every city I drink the same coffee

and resign myself to the waiter's impassive face

The laughter of nearby tables

disturbs the evening's music

A woman walks by for the last time

In vain I migrate

ensuring my own alienation

I find the same crescent moon in every sky

and the stubborn silence of the stars

In my sleep I speak

a medley of languages

and animal calls

The room where I wake

is the one I was born in

I migrate in vain

The secret of birds eludes me

as does my suitcase's magnet

which springs open

at each stage of the journey

Translated from the French by André Naffis-Sahely for The Poetry Translation Centre.

Original poem in French © Abdellatif Laâbi, 2016, English translation © André Naffis-Sahely for The Poetry Translation Centre, 2016.

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