[News] Mahmoud Darwish: Earth Poem

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Earth Poem
Mahmoud Darwish

A dull evening in a rundown village
Eyes half asleep
I recall thirty years
And five wars
I swear the future keeps
My ear of corn
And the singer croons
About a fire and some strangers
And the evening is just another evening
And the singer croons

And they asked him:
Why do you sing?
And he answered:
I sing because I sing...

And they searched his chest
But could only find his heart
And they searched his heart
But could only find his people
And they searched his voice
But could only find his grief
And they searched his grief
But could only find his prison
And they searched his prison
But could only see themselves in chains

tr. Abdullah Al-Udhari

Against Forgetting - WW Norton - Twentieth Century Poetry of Witness. 1993

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