Hussein Habasch - TIGER

When I was young
I wanted to be a tiger with strong claws
to attack anyone who would block my path.
When I grew up, I wanted to be a tiger
who would travel around the world, without claws.
When I got old
I wanted to be just a tiger,
or a tiger
who has a house and a roof
to protect himself from the claws of tigers.

Translated by Margaret Saine