Mahmoud Darwish

A Poem for National Poetry Day – 2017

Mahmoud Darwish

I Come From There
Mahmood Darwish

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: 


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