A la recherche du temps perdu

"Where is the road to the road?
And where are we, the marching on the footpath of the present
tense, where are we? Our talk a predicate
and a subject before the sea, and the elusive foam
of speech the dots on the letters,
wishing for the present tense a foothold
on the pavement…"
—  Mahmoud Darwish, from “A Noun Sentence,” trans. Fady Joudah