Nizar Qabbani
A Letter From A Stupid Woman by Nizar Qabbani

A Letter From A Stupid Woman by Nizar Qabbani

(A Letter to a Man)(1)My dear Master,This is a letter from a stupid womanHas a stupid woman before me, written to you?My name? Lets put names asideRania, or Zaynabor Hind or ...

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A Lesson In Drawing by Nizar Qabbani

A Lesson In Drawing by Nizar Qabbani

My son places his paint box in front of meand asks me to draw a bird for him.Into the color gray I dip the brushand draw a square with locks and bars.Astonishment fills his ...

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A Brief Love Letter by Nizar Qabbani

A Brief Love Letter by Nizar Qabbani

My darling, I have much to sayWhere o precious one shall I begin ?All that is in you is princelyO you who makes of my words through their meaningCocoons of silkThese are my songs ...

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Words by Nizar Qabbani

Words by Nizar Qabbani

He lets me listen, when he moves me,Words are not like other wordsHe takes me, from under my armsHe plants me, in a distant cloudAnd the black rain in my eyesFalls in torrents, ...

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Your Body Is My Map by Nizar Qabbani

Your Body Is My Map by Nizar Qabbani

Raise me more love… raise memy prettiest fits of madnessO’ dagger’s journey… in my fleshand knife’s plunge…sink me further my lady…the sea calls meadd to me more death …perhaps as ...

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A Damascene Moon by Nizar Qabbani

A Damascene Moon by Nizar Qabbani

Green Tunisia, I have come to you as a loverOn my brow, a rose and a bookFor I am the Damascene whose profession is passionWhose singing turns the herbs greenA Damascene moon ...

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Every Time I Kiss You by Nizar Qabbani

Every Time I Kiss You by Nizar Qabbani

Every time I kiss you After a long separation I feel I am putting a hurried love letter In a red mailbox. Translated by B. Frangieh And C. Brown Submitted by Noele ...

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Light Is More Important Than The Lantern by Nizar Qabbani

Light Is More Important Than The Lantern by Nizar Qabbani

Light is more important than the lantern, The poem more important than the notebook, And the kiss more important than the lips. My letters to you Are greater and more ...

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In The Summer by Nizar Qabbani

In The Summer by Nizar Qabbani

In the summer I stretch out on the shore And think of you Had I told the sea What I felt for you, It would have left its shores, Its shells, Its fish, And followed me. ...

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Barada by Nizar Qabbani

Barada by Nizar Qabbani

Barada, oh father of all riversOh, horse that races the daysBe, in our sad history, a prophetWho receives inspiration from his lordMillions acknowledge you as an ArabPrince . . . ...

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Oh, My Love by Nizar Qabbani

Oh, My Love by Nizar Qabbani

Oh, my loveIf you were at the level of my madness,You would cast away your jewelry,Sell all your bracelets,And sleep in my eyes.Translated by B. Frangieh And C. BrownSubmitted by ...

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Words by Nizar Qabbani

Words by Nizar Qabbani

He lets me listen, when he moves me,Words are not like other wordsHe takes me, from under my armsHe plants me, in a distant cloudAnd the black rain in my eyesFalls in torrents, ...

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I Have No  Power by Nizar Qabbani

I Have No Power by Nizar Qabbani

'I have no power to change youor explain your waysNever believe a man can change a womanThose men are pretenderswho thinkthat they created womanfrom one of their ribsWoman does ...

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The Trial by Nizar Qabbani

The Trial by Nizar Qabbani

The East receives my songs, some praise, some curse To each of them my gratitude I bear For I've avenged the blood of each slain woman and haven offered her who is in fear. ...

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The Face Of Qana by Nizar Qabbani

The Face Of Qana by Nizar Qabbani

The face of Qana Pale, like that of Jesus and the sea breeze of April…Rains of blood.. and tears..2 They entered Qana stepping on our charred bodies Raising a Nazi flag in the ...

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A Lesson In Drawing by Nizar Qabbani

A Lesson In Drawing by Nizar Qabbani

My son places his paint box in front of meand asks me to draw a bird for him.Into the color gray I dip the brushand draw a square with locks and bars.Astonishment fills his ...

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Language by Nizar Qabbani

Language by Nizar Qabbani

When a man is in love how can he use old words? Should a woman desiring her lover lie down with grammarians and linguists? I said nothing to the woman I loved but gathered love's ...

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My Lover Asks Me by Nizar Qabbani

My Lover Asks Me by Nizar Qabbani

My lover asks me:"What is the difference between me and the sky?"The difference, my love,Is that when you laugh,I forget about the sky.Translated by B. Frangieh And C. ...

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Verse by Nizar Qabbani

Verse by Nizar Qabbani

FriendsThe old word is dead.The old books are dead.Our speech with holes like worn-out shoes is dead.Dead is the mind that led to defeat.2Our poetry has gone sour.Women's hair, ...

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When I Love You by Nizar Qabbani

When I Love You by Nizar Qabbani

When I love youA new language springs up,New cities, new countries discovered.The hours breathe like puppies,Wheat grows between the pages of books,Birds fly from your eyes with ...

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Maritime Poem by Nizar Qabbani

Maritime Poem by Nizar Qabbani

In the blue harbor of your eyesBlow rains of melodious lights,Dizzy suns and sailsPainting their voyage to endlessness.In the blue harbor of your eyesIs an open sea window,And ...

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I Conquer The World With Words by Nizar Qabbani

I Conquer The World With Words by Nizar Qabbani

I conquer the world with words,conquer the mother tongue,verbs, nouns, syntax.I sweep away the beginning of thingsand with a new languagethat has the music of water the message of ...

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Jerusalem by Nizar Qabbani

Jerusalem by Nizar Qabbani

I wept until my tears were dryI prayed until the candles flickeredI knelt until the floor creakedI asked about Mohammed and ChristOh Jerusalem, the fragrance of prophetsThe ...

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My Love (Do Not Ask Me) by Nizar Qabbani

My Love (Do Not Ask Me) by Nizar Qabbani

Do not ask me, the name of my loveI fear for you, from the fragrance of perfumecontained in a bottle, if you smashed it,drowning you, in spilled scentBy God, if you even croaked a ...

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A Brief Love Letter by Nizar Qabbani

A Brief Love Letter by Nizar Qabbani

My darling, I have much to sayWhere o precious one shall I begin ?All that is in you is princelyO you who makes of my words through their meaningCocoons of silkThese are my songs ...

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Letter From Under The Sea by Nizar Qabbani

Letter From Under The Sea by Nizar Qabbani

If you are my friend...Help me...to leave youOr if you are my lover...Help me...so I can be healed of you...If I knew....that the ocean is very deep...I would not have swam...If I ...

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Love Compared by Nizar Qabbani

Love Compared by Nizar Qabbani

I do not resemble your other lovers, my ladyshould another give you a cloudI give you rainShould he give you a lantern, Iwill give you the moonShould he give you a branchI will ...

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Bread, Hashish And Moon by Nizar Qabbani

Bread, Hashish And Moon by Nizar Qabbani

When the moon is born in the east, And the white rooftops drift asleep Under the heaped-up light, People leave their shops and march forth in groups To meet the moon Carrying ...

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We Are Accused Of Terrorism by Nizar Qabbani

We Are Accused Of Terrorism by Nizar Qabbani

We are accused of terrorismIf we dare to write about the remains of a homelandThat is scattered in pieces and in decayIn decadence and disarrayAbout a homeland that is searching ...

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Between Us by Nizar Qabbani

Between Us by Nizar Qabbani

Between ustwenty years of agebetween your lips and my lipswhen they meet and staythe years collapsethe glass of a whole life shatters.The day I met you I tore upall my mapsan my ...

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On Entering The Sea by Nizar Qabbani

On Entering The Sea by Nizar Qabbani

Love happened at last,And we entered God's paradise,SlidingUnder the skin of the waterLike fish.We saw the precious pearls of the seaAnd were amazed.Love happened at lastWithout ...

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Sultan by Nizar Qabbani

Sultan by Nizar Qabbani

If I were promised safety, if I could meet the Sultan I would say to him: O my lord the Sultan! my cloak has been torn by your ravenous dogs, your spies are following me all the ...

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Raise Me More Love… by Nizar Qabbani

Raise Me More Love… by Nizar Qabbani

raise me more love… raise memy prettiest fits of madnessO’ dagger’s journey… in my fleshand knife’s plunge…sink me further my lady…the sea calls meadd to me more death …perhaps as ...

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Clarification To My Poetry-Readers by Nizar Qabbani

Clarification To My Poetry-Readers by Nizar Qabbani

And of me say the fools:I entered the lodges of women And never left.And they call for my hanging,Because about the matters of my beloved I, poetry, compose.I never traded Like ...

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Dialogue by Nizar Qabbani

Dialogue by Nizar Qabbani

Do not say my love wasA ring or a bracelet.My love is a siege,Is the daring and headstrong.Who, searching sail out to their death.Do not say my love wasA moon.My love is a burst ...

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The Fortune Teller by Nizar Qabbani

The Fortune Teller by Nizar Qabbani

She sat with fear in her eyesContemplating the upturned cupShe said 'Do not be sad, my sonYou are destined to fall in love'My son, Who sacrifices himself for his beloved,Is a ...

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A Damascene Moon by Nizar Qabbani

A Damascene Moon by Nizar Qabbani

Green Tunisia, I have come to you as a loverOn my brow, a rose and a bookFor I am the Damascene whose profession is passionWhose singing turns the herbs greenA Damascene moon ...

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Damascus, What Are You Doing To Me? by Nizar Qabbani

Damascus, What Are You Doing To Me? by Nizar Qabbani

1My voice rings out, this time, from DamascusIt rings out from the house of my mother and fatherIn Sham. The geography of my body changes.The cells of my blood become green.My ...

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Five Letters To My Mother by Nizar Qabbani

Five Letters To My Mother by Nizar Qabbani

Good morning sweetheart. Good morning my Saint of a sweetheart. It has been two year mother since the boy has sailed on his mythical journey. Since he hid within his luggage the ...

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A Letter From A Stupid Woman by Nizar Qabbani

A Letter From A Stupid Woman by Nizar Qabbani

(A Letter to a Man)(1)My dear Master,This is a letter from a stupid womanHas a stupid woman before me, written to you?My name? Lets put names asideRania, or Zaynabor Hind or ...

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The Wrathful by Nizar Qabbani

The Wrathful by Nizar Qabbani

O pupils of Gaza . . Teach us . . .A little of what you haveFor we have forgotten . . .Teach us . .To be menFor we have men . .dough they become . . .Teach us . .How the rocks ...

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Your Body Is My Map by Nizar Qabbani

Your Body Is My Map by Nizar Qabbani

Raise me more love… raise memy prettiest fits of madnessO’ dagger’s journey… in my fleshand knife’s plunge…sink me further my lady…the sea calls meadd to me more death …perhaps as ...

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The Epic Of Sadness by Nizar Qabbani

The Epic Of Sadness by Nizar Qabbani

Your love taught me to grieveand I have been in need, for centuriesa woman to make me grievefor a woman, to cry upon her armslike a sparrowfor a woman to gather my pieceslike ...

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When I Love by Nizar Qabbani

When I Love by Nizar Qabbani

When I loveI feel that I am the king of timeI possess the earth and everything on itand ride into the sun upon my horse.When I loveI become liquid lightinvisible to the eyeand the ...

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The Child Scribbles by Nizar Qabbani

The Child Scribbles by Nizar Qabbani

My fault, my greatest fault,O sea-eyed princess,was to love youas a child loves.The greatest lovers,after all, are childrenMy first mistakeand not my lastwas to livein the taste ...

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Jogging by Nizar Qabbani

Jogging by Nizar Qabbani

We stood in columns like sheep before slaughter we ran, breathless We scrambled to kiss the shoes of the killers. . . . They stole Jesus the son of Mary while he was an infant ...

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Two African Breasts by Nizar Qabbani

Two African Breasts by Nizar Qabbani

Let me find timeto welcome in this lovethat comes unbid.Let me find timeto memorizethis face that risesout of the treesof forgetfulness.Give me the timeto escape this lovethat ...

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My Lady by Nizar Qabbani

My Lady by Nizar Qabbani

You were the most important woman in my historybefore the leaving of this yearyou're now.the most impoertant womanafter the birth of this yearyou're a woman i can't count it with ...

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School Of Love by Nizar Qabbani

School Of Love by Nizar Qabbani

Your love taught me how to grieve,And for centuries I needed a woman to make me grieve,I needed a womanTo make me cry on her shoulders like a bird,I needed a woman to collect my ...

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My Angry Cat by Nizar Qabbani

My Angry Cat by Nizar Qabbani

You're repeating yourselffor the twentieth time.Is there another man in my life? Yes. Yes. What did you think? Even graveyards have visitors.There are, my dear sir,a lot of men ...

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