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Mahmoud Darwish

I fear to go back to any night I have knownI fear the eyes that can break through my banksSo that my heart is exposed to allI am afraid to confessThat I am afraid to go back to any heart I have drunkAnd so throw myself into the well… in myself. I am the unlucky… Continue reading Mahmoud Darwish

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Mahmoud Darwish

As for me, I will enter the mulberry treeswhere the silk worm makes me into a silk thread,then I’ll enter a woman’s needle inone of the myths,then I’ll fly like a shawl with the wind … — Mahmoud Darwish, from “Not as a Foreign Tourist Does,” translated by Fady Joudah, Michigan Quarterly Review (Summer 2005)

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Mahmoud Darwish

How much I love you! How much you are you! and intimidated byhis own soul:There is no I now, but she is now in me. No she, but I am in herfragility. How I fearFor my dream, lest it see a dream that is not she atThe end of this song… — Mahmoud Darwish, from… Continue reading Mahmoud Darwish

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Mahmoud Darwish

I would yearn for nothingno yesterday passing, no tomorrow to comeand my present neither advancing nor retreatingNothing happening to me!If only I were a stone – I said – Oh if only I weresome stone so that water would burnish megreen, yellow – I would be placed in a roomlike a sculpture, or exercises in… Continue reading Mahmoud Darwish

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Mahmoud Darwish

If I were another I would have belonged to the road,neither you nor I would return. Awaken the guitarand we might sense the unknown and the route that temptsthe traveler to test gravity. I am onlymy steps, and you are both my compass and my chasm.If I were another on the road, I would havehidden… Continue reading Mahmoud Darwish

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Mahmoud Darwish

If you’re not a rain my lovebe a treesoaked with fertility … be a treeand if you’re not a tree my lovebe a stonesoaked with humidity … be a stoneand if you’re not a stone my lovebe a moonin the lover’s sleep … be a moon(that’s what a woman saidto her son at his funeral)… Continue reading Mahmoud Darwish

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Mahmoud Darwish

I will choose from my intimate memories what’s fitting:the scent of wrinkled sheets after making loveis the scent of grass after rain. — Mahmoud Darwish, from “Dense Fog Over The Bridge,” If I Were Another: Poems. Translated by  Fady Joudah. (Farrar, Straus and Giroux; 1 edition, October 27, 2009) Originally published 2009.

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