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"And history makes fun of its victims,"

Poems By Palestinian Poet Mahmoud Darwish
By Culture & Entertainment Team
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During the siege, time becomes a space That has hardened in its eternity During the siege, space becomes a time That is late for its yesterday and tomorrow
Mahmoud Darwish

A State of Siege

Awoman asked the cloud: please enfold my loved one
My clothes are soaked with his blood
If you shall not be rain, my love
Be trees

Saturated with fertility, be trees
And if you shall not be trees, my love
Be a stone

Saturated with humidity, be a stone
And if you shall not be a stone, my love
Be a moon

In the loved one’s dream, be a moon
So said a woman to her son
In his funeral


During the siege, time becomes a space
That has hardened in its eternity
During the siege, space becomes a time
That is late for its yesterday and tomorrow


The Adam of Two Edens

The enemy who drinks tea in our hovel
has a horse in smoke, a daughter with
thick eyebrows, brown eyes and long hair
braided over her shoulders
like a night of songs.

He's never without her picture
when he comes to drink our tea
but he forgets to tell us about her nightly chores.
about a horse of ancient melodies
abandoned on a hilltop.

Relaxing in our shack, the enemy
slings his rifle over my grandfather's chair
eats our bread like any guest
dozes off for a while on the wicker couch
then, as he stoops to pat our cat on the way out,
says:" Don't blame the victim."
" And who might that be?" we ask
" Blood that won't dry in the night."

 

© Mahmoud Darwish

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