pour achever / la beauté du monde /
il faut que la lumière /
étreigne la pavane / des ombres sur tes lèvres /
For the world’s beauty / to be complete /
light must embrace /
the pavane of shadows / passing across your lips /
Umar Timol was born on the island of Mauritius in 1970. Timol’s first book was La Parole Testament suivi de Chimie (2003). His second book, Sang is a long mystical love song composed in the Sufi tradition. His third collection, Vagbondages suivi de Bleu was published in 2009. Timol is a founding member of the Mauritian poetry journal, Point Barre, which publishes international poets.
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