Mahmoud Darwish
I Come From There by Mahmoud Darwish

I Come From There by 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 ...

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No More And No Less by Mahmoud Darwish

No More And No Less by Mahmoud Darwish

I am a woman. No more and no lessI live my life as it isthread by threadand I spin my wool to wear, notto complete Homer's story, or his sun.And I see what I seeas it is, in its ...

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Lesson From The Kama-Sutra (Wait For Her) by Mahmoud Darwish

Lesson From The Kama-Sutra (Wait For Her) by Mahmoud Darwish

Wait for her with an azure cup.Wait for her in the evening at the spring, among perfumed roses.Wait for her with the patience of a horse trained for mountains.Wait for her with ...

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Silence For Gaza by Mahmoud Darwish

Silence For Gaza by Mahmoud Darwish

With dynamite she raps her waist… She explodes… It is neither death… nor suicide…Its Gaza's style to announce her worthiness of life…For four years and Gaza's flesh burst around… ...

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Palestine by Mahmoud Darwish

Palestine by Mahmoud Darwish

This land gives usall 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 ...

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Rita And The Rifle by Mahmoud Darwish

Rita And The Rifle by Mahmoud Darwish

Between Rita and my eyes There is a rifle And whoever knows Rita Kneels and prays To the divinity in those honey-colored eyes.And I kissed Rita When she was young And I remember ...

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Psalm Three by Mahmoud Darwish

Psalm Three by Mahmoud Darwish

On the day when my wordswere earth...I was a friend to stalks of wheat.On the day when my wordswere wrathI was a friend to chains.On the day when my wordswere stonesI was a friend ...

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Nothing Impresses Me by Mahmoud Darwish

Nothing Impresses Me by Mahmoud Darwish

A passenger on the bus says… nothing impresses me.Not the radio, the morning newspapers, or even fortresses on hills. I long for a weep.The bus driver says: Wait until we reach ...

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Passport by Mahmoud Darwish

Passport by Mahmoud Darwish

They did not recognize me in the shadowsThat suck away my color in this PassportAnd to them my wound was an exhibitFor a tourist Who loves to collect photographsThey did not ...

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And We Have Countries … by Mahmoud Darwish

And We Have Countries … by Mahmoud Darwish

And we have countries without borders, like our idea of the unknown, narrow and wide - countries whose maps narrow to a gray tunnel as we walk in them and cry out in their ...

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A Man And A Fawn Play Together In A Garden… by Mahmoud Darwish

A Man And A Fawn Play Together In A Garden… by Mahmoud Darwish

A man and a fawn play together in a garden… I say to my friend: 'Where did this little one come from? ' He says: 'From Heaven - perhaps he's the prophet John come back to me in my ...

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Ahmad Al-Za’Tar by Mahmoud Darwish

Ahmad Al-Za’Tar by Mahmoud Darwish

For two hands, of stone and of thyme I dedicate this song.. For Ahmad, forgotten between two butterflies The clouds are gone and have left me homeless, and The mountains have ...

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Under Siege by Mahmoud Darwish

Under Siege by Mahmoud Darwish

Here on the slopes of hills, facing the dusk and the cannon of time Close to the gardens of broken shadows, We do what prisoners do, And what the jobless do: We cultivate hope. ...

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A Soldier Dreams Of White Lilies by Mahmoud Darwish

A Soldier Dreams Of White Lilies by Mahmoud Darwish

He dreams of white lilies,an olive branch,her breasts in evening blossom.He dreams of a bird, he tells me,of lemon flowers.He does not intellectualize about his dream. He ...

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He Is Quiet And So Am I by Mahmoud Darwish

He Is Quiet And So Am I by Mahmoud Darwish

He is quiet and so am I. He sips tea with lemon, while I drink coffee. That's the difference between us. Like me, he wears a wide, striped shirt, and like him, I read the evening ...

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Here The Birds’ Journey Ends by Mahmoud Darwish

Here The Birds’ Journey Ends by Mahmoud Darwish

Here the birds' journey ends, our journey, the journey of words,and after us there will be a horizon for the new birds.We are the ones who forge the sky's copper, the sky that ...

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A Lover From Palestine by Mahmoud Darwish

A Lover From Palestine by Mahmoud Darwish

Your eyes are a thorn in my heart Inflicting pain, yet I cherish that thorn And shield it from the wind. I sheathe it in my flesh, I sheathe it, protecting it from night and ...

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Those Who Pass Between Fleeting Words by Mahmoud Darwish

Those Who Pass Between Fleeting Words by Mahmoud Darwish

O those who pass between fleeting wordscarry your names, and be goneRid our time of your hours, and be goneSteal what you will from the blueness of the seaAnd the sand of ...

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Diary Of A Palestinian Wound by Mahmoud Darwish

Diary Of A Palestinian Wound by Mahmoud Darwish

We do not need to be reminded: Mount Carmel is in us and on our eyelashes the grass of Galilee. Do not say: If we could run to her like a river. Do not say it: We and our country ...

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Now, As You Awaken… by Mahmoud Darwish

Now, As You Awaken… by Mahmoud Darwish

Now, as you awaken, remember the swan's last dance. Did you dance with young angels while you were dreaming? Did the butterfly light you up when it burned with the eternal light ...

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The Earth Is Closing On Us by Mahmoud Darwish

The Earth Is Closing On Us by Mahmoud Darwish

The Earth is closing on us pushing us through the last passage and we tear off our limbs to pass through. The Earth is squeezing us. I wish we were its wheat so we could die and ...

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To My Mother by Mahmoud Darwish

To My Mother by Mahmoud Darwish

I long for my mother's bread My mother's coffee Her touch Childhood memories grow up in me Day after day I must be worth my life At the hour of my death Worth the tears of my ...

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Think Of Others by Mahmoud Darwish

Think Of Others by Mahmoud Darwish

As you fix your breakfast, think of others. Don't forget to feed the pigeons.As you fight in your wars, think of others. Don't forget those who desperately demand peace.As you pay ...

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To Our Land by Mahmoud Darwish

To Our Land by Mahmoud Darwish

To our land,and it is the one near the word of god,a ceiling of cloudsTo our land,and it is the one far from the adjectives of nouns,the map of absenceTo our land,and it is the ...

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I Am Yusuf Oh Father by Mahmoud Darwish

I Am Yusuf Oh Father by Mahmoud Darwish

I am Yousuf, O father.O father, my brothers do not love me nor want me among them.They assault me and throw stones and words at me.They want me to die so they can eulogize me.They ...

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A Traveller by Mahmoud Darwish

A Traveller by Mahmoud Darwish

This road takes me; a horse guiding a horsemanA traveler like me cannot look backI have walked far enough to knowwhere autumn begins:there, behind the river,the last pomegranates ...

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Bread by Mahmoud Darwish

Bread by Mahmoud Darwish

From early dusk the day was inscrutableThe sun shows up, lazy as usualA mineral ash, eastward, blocks the horizon. . .In the veins of cloudsIn household pipesThe water was hard. . ...

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The Prison Cell by Mahmoud Darwish

The Prison Cell by Mahmoud Darwish

It is possible…It is possible at least sometimes…It is possible especially nowTo ride a horseInside a prison cellAnd run away…It is possible for prison wallsTo disappear,For the ...

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The Dice Player by Mahmoud Darwish

The Dice Player by Mahmoud Darwish

Who am I to say to you what I say to you?I was not a stone polished by water and became a face nor was I a cane punctured by the wind and became a flute... I am a dice player, ...

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Psalm 9 by Mahmoud Darwish

Psalm 9 by Mahmoud Darwish

O rose beyond the reach of time and of the sensesO kiss enveloped in the scarves of all the windssurprise me with one dream that my madness will recoil from you Recoiling from ...

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In Her Absence I Created Her Image by Mahmoud Darwish

In Her Absence I Created Her Image by Mahmoud Darwish

In her absence I created her image: out of the earthlythe hidden heavenly commences. I am here weighingthe expanse with the Jahili odes ... and absenceis the guide, it is the ...

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Don’T Apologize For What You’Ve Done by Mahmoud Darwish

Don’T Apologize For What You’Ve Done by Mahmoud Darwish

Don't apologize for what you've done - I'm saying this in secret. I say to my personal other: Here all of your memories are visible: Midday ennui in a cat's somnolence, the cock's ...

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Hope by Mahmoud Darwish

Hope by Mahmoud Darwish

Still there is on thy saucers remains of honey Kick out the flies so that you can protect the honey Still there is on their vines clusters of grapesO, guarders of vines, drive ...

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I Didn’T Apologize To The Well… by Mahmoud Darwish

I Didn’T Apologize To The Well… by 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 ...

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The Exiles Don’T Look Back… by Mahmoud Darwish

The Exiles Don’T Look Back… by Mahmoud Darwish

The exiles don't look back when leaving one place of exile - for more exile lies ahead, they've become familiar with the circular road, nothing to the front or to the rear, no ...

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Earth Presses Against Us by Mahmoud Darwish

Earth Presses Against Us by Mahmoud Darwish

Earth is pressing against us, trapping us in the final passage.To pass through, we pull off our limbs.Earth is squeezing us. If only we were its wheat, we might die and yet ...

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On Wishes by Mahmoud Darwish

On Wishes by Mahmoud Darwish

Don't say to me: Would I were a seller of bread in Algiers That I might sing with a rebel.Don't say to me: Would I were a herdsman in the Yemen That I might sing ...

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It Is Night And She Is Lonely… by Mahmoud Darwish

It Is Night And She Is Lonely… by Mahmoud Darwish

It is night and she is lonely and I am lonely like her, between her candle and mine are two empty tables in this winter restaurant. Nothing disturbs the silence between us ...

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To A Young Poet by Mahmoud Darwish

To A Young Poet by Mahmoud Darwish

Don't believe our outlines, forget themand begin from your own words.As if you are the first to write poetryor the last poet.If you read our work, let it not be an extension of ...

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Earth Poem by Mahmoud Darwish

Earth Poem by Mahmoud Darwish

A dull evening in a rundown villageEyes half asleepI recall thirty yearsAnd five warsI swear the future keepsMy ear of cornAnd the singer croonsAbout a fire and some strangersAnd ...

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Speech Of The Red Indian by Mahmoud Darwish

Speech Of The Red Indian by Mahmoud Darwish

So, we are who we are, as the Mississippi flows,and what remains from yesterday is still ours- but the color of the sky has changed,the sea to the East has changed.O white master, ...

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I Belong There by Mahmoud Darwish

I Belong There by Mahmoud Darwish

I didn't apologize to the well when I passed the well, I borrowed from the ancient pine tree a cloud and squeezed it like an orange, then waited for a gazelle white and legendary. ...

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The Violins by Mahmoud Darwish

The Violins by Mahmoud Darwish

The violins weep with the Gypsies heading for Andalusia,the violins cry for the Arabs departing Andalusia.The violins cry for a lost epoch that will not return,The violins cry for ...

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The Promise Of Liberty by Mahmoud Darwish

The Promise Of Liberty by Mahmoud Darwish

I walk the streets of the West BankWithout fear, though the pirates drankMy spilt blood. My feet are torn,Swollen by a dagger, a knife, a thorn; Yet my heart is deeply - rooted in ...

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Mohammed Al Durra by Mahmoud Darwish

Mohammed Al Durra by Mahmoud Darwish

Mohammed,nestles in the bosom of his father, a bird afraidof the infernal sky: father protect mefrom the upward flight! My wing isslight for the wind … and the light is ...

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Poem Of The Land by Mahmoud Darwish

Poem Of The Land by Mahmoud Darwish

A small eveningA neglected villageTwo sleeping eyesThirty yearsFive warsI witness that time hides for mean ear of wheatThe singer singsOf fire and strangersEvening was eveningThe ...

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If I Were Another by Mahmoud Darwish

If I Were Another by Mahmoud Darwish

If I were another on the road, I would not have lookedback, I would have said what one traveler saidto another: Stranger! awakenthe guitar more! Delay our tomorrow so our roadmay ...

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On Man by Mahmoud Darwish

On Man by Mahmoud Darwish

They gagged his mouth,Bound his hands to the rock of the deadAnd said: Murderer!They took his food, clothes and banners,Cast him into the condemned cellAnd said: Thief!They drove ...

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Strangers’ Walk by Mahmoud Darwish

Strangers’ Walk by Mahmoud Darwish

I know the house from the bunch of sage. The first of thewindows leans toward the butterflies...blue...red. I know the clouds' handwriting and the well whereit will wait fro the ...

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A Rhyme For The Odes (Mu’Allaqat) by Mahmoud Darwish

A Rhyme For The Odes (Mu’Allaqat) by Mahmoud Darwish

No one guided me to myself. I am the guideBetween desert and sea, I am my own guide to myself.Born of language on the road to India between two small tribes,adorned by the ...

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