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Nakba Memorial Washington DC May 15th 2012

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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.

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