Mahmoud Darwish

A Poem for Nakba Day – 2017

Mahmoud Darwish

I Come From There

I come from there and I remember,
Born as mortals are, I have a mother 

And a house with many windows

I have brothers, friends

And a prison cell with a cold window.
Mine is the wave, snatched by seagulls
I have my own view

And an extra blade of grass

Mine is the moon at the far edge 
of words

And the bounty of birds

And the immortal olive tree.

I walked this land before swords turned bodies into banquets.

I come from there

I render the sky unto her mother, when the sky weeps for
her mother

And I weep for a returning cloud to know me

I learned the words worthy of the court of blood

So that I could break the rule

I learned and dismantled all the words to construct a single one:

Home


Mahmoud Darwish

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