[OPE] Mahmoud Darwish: Palestinian poet, 15 March 1941 – 9 August 2008

From: GERALD LEVY (gerald_a_levy@msn.com)
Date: Sun Aug 17 2008 - 10:12:52 EDT

It's worthwhile for us to take note of the death of a 
radical poet, I think. 
In solidarity, JerryLOVER FROM PALESTINE I saw you on thorny hills A sheepless shepherd—chased I saw you on the ruins and once You were a green orchard I stood a stranger Knocking at your door The doors, the windows, the cemented stone Vibrated. I saw your face in the wells In the granaries—torn I saw you a waitress in the night cafes I saw through the tears and wounds And you are the words on my lips You are the fire— And the water. I saw you at the mouth of a cave Hanging your orphan's rags I saw you in the stalls, in the streets Warming yourself by the fire I saw you in the lamentations of misery In blood dripping from the sun In the salt of the sea and the sand and yet You were as beautiful as the earth As children— I swear From my eyelashesI shall weave you A kerchiefWith words sweeter than honey And kisses I shall write: Palestinian you were And so you will remain. —Mahmoud Darweesh http://www.mahmouddarwish.com/english/articles.htm  http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2008/aug/11/poetry.israelandthepalestinians  http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/11/world/middleeast/11darwish.html  

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