Sunday, August 10, 2008

Mahmoud Darwish 1941-2008 محمود درويش في ذمة الله

I just read the sad news that the Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish passed away yesterday, may Allah have mercy on his soul.

The video below is of Marcel Khalife singing one of his most beautiful and poignant poems: "My Mother", the translation of the poem/lyrics is below the video.

أحنّ إلى خبز أمي
و قهوة أمي
و لمسة أمي
و تكبر في الطفولة
يوما على صدر يوم
و أعشق عمري لأني
إذا متّ،
أخجل من دمع أمي!
خذيني ،إذا عدت يوما
وشاحا لهدبك
و غطّي عظامي بعشب
تعمّد من طهر كعبك
و شدّي وثاقي..
بخصلة شعر
بخيط يلوّح في ذيل ثوبك..
عساي أصير ***
*** أصير..
إذا ما لمست قرارة قلبك!
ضعيني، إذا ما رجعت
وقودا بتنور نارك..
وحبل غسيل على سطح دارك
لأني فقدت الوقوف
بدون صلاة نهارك
هرمت ،فردّي نجوم الطفولة
حتى أشارك
صغار العصافير
درب الرجوع..
لعشّ انتظارك

My Mother

I long for my mother's bread
My mother's coffee
Her touch
Childhood memories grow up in me
Day after day
I must be worth my life
At the hour of my death
Worth the tears of my mother.

And if I come back one day
Take me as a veil to your eyelashes
Cover my bones with the grass
Blessed by your footsteps
Bind us together
With a lock of your hair
With a thread that trails from the back of your dress
I might become immortal
Become immortal I will
If I touch the depths of your heart.

If I come back
Use me as wood to feed your fire
As the clothesline on the roof of your house
Without your blessing
I am too weak to stand.

I am old
Give me back the star maps of childhood
So that I
Along with the swallows
Can chart the path
Back to your waiting nest.

1 comment:

Hb said...

Thanks For the song,i really love it


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