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Palestine by Mahmoud Darwish

This land gives us all that makes life worth living: April’s blushing advances, the aroma of bread at dawn, a woman’s haranguing of men, the poetry of Aeschylus, love’s trembling beginning, moss on a stone mothers dancing on a flute’s … Continue reading

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Mohammed Al Durra

Mahmoud Darwish Mohammed, nestles in the bosom of his father, a bird afraid of the infernal sky: father protect me from the upward flight! My wing is slight for the wind … and the light is black Mohammed, wants to … Continue reading

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If you find yourself alone

Mahmoud Darwish If you find yourself alone, tell yourself: Exile has altered its features… Wasn’t Abu Tammam afflicted before you when he met himself: ‘You are not you and home is not home…’ Things carry your patriotic feelings for you: … Continue reading

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I See What I Want

Mahmoud Darwish I see what I want in the farm … right now I see braids of wheat combed by the wind, and I close my eyes This mirage leads to Nihawand, and this calm leads to lapis lazuli I … Continue reading

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Passport by Mahmoud Darwish

They did not recognize me in the shadows That suck away my color in this Passport And to them my wound was an exhibit For a tourist Who loves to collect photographs They did not recognize me, Ah… Don’t leave … Continue reading

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I Didn’t Apologise To The Well

Mahmoud Darwish I didn’t apologize to the well as I passed by it. I borrowed a cloud from an ancient pine and squeezed it like an orange. I waited for a mythical white deer. I instructed my heart in patience: … Continue reading

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We Walk on the Bridge by Mahmoud Darwish

You’re afflicted, like me, with a bird’s journey and this happens in the afternoon, when you say: Take me to the river you foreign man, to the river take me my road upon your banks is long And we listen … Continue reading

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In Jerusalem by Mahmoud Darwish

In Jerusalem, and I mean within the ancient walls, I walk from one epoch to another without a memory to guide me. The prophets over there are sharing the history of the holy … ascending to heaven and returning less … Continue reading

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I Come From There

Mahmoud Darwish I come from there and I have memories Born as mortals are, I have a mother And a house with many windows, I have brothers, friends, And a prison cell with a cold window. Mine is the wave, snatched by sea-gulls, I have my … Continue reading

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Identity Card

By Mahmoud Darwish Write down ! I am an Arab And my identity card number is fifty thousand I have eight children And the ninth will come after a summer Will you be angry? . Write down! I am an … Continue reading

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