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Published on May 17, 2012
English translation for the poem.
Sunday, August 10, 2008On This Earth Is What Is Worth Living - Mahmoud Darwish (1942 - 2008)
We have on this earth what makes life worth living: April's -- hesitation, the aroma of bread at dawn, a woman's point of view about men, the works of -- Aeschylus, the beginning of love, grass on a stone, mothers living on a flute's sigh and -- the invaders' fear of memories
We have on this earth what makes life worth living: the -- final days of September, a woman keeping her apricots ripe after forty, the hour of sunlight in -- prison, a cloud reflecting a swarm of creatures, the peoples' applause for those who face death -- with a smile, a tyrant's fear of songs.
We have on this earth what makes life worth living: on this -- earth, the Lady of Earth, mother of all beginnings and ends. She was called -- Palestine. Her name later became Palestine. My Lady, because you are my Lady, I deserve life.