Mauritius: For the World’s Beauty | Umar Timol

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 /

Translated by Susan Wicks. Culled from Poetry International.


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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