Thursday, August 11, 2005

Mahmoud Darwish In Tunisia

The great Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish arrived to Tunis yesterday and met the Minister of Education as well as the Palestinian Ambassador in Tunis.
Mahmoud Darwish will be participating in the Carthage Festival by reading some of his amazing poems tonight. [Source:Assahafa (AR)].

I’ve always been a fan of Mahmoud Darwish, and I’ve always admired him as a person and as a poet. He speaks for Palestinians and contributes a great deal in straightening the wrong picture most of the world have about Palestine and its people. I find it really impressive that he participates in international activities, festivals and conferences… he’s such a great man!
To know more about Darwish’s life, work and activities, Click Here!
And now I leave you with one of his famous poems: I Am From There

I come from there and remember,
I was born like everyone is borne, I have a mother
and a house with many windows,
I have brothers, friends and a prison.
I have a wave that sea-gulls snatched away.
I have a view of my own and an extra blade of grass.
I have a moon past the peak of words.
I have the godsent food of birds and olive tree beyond the ken of time.
I have traversed the land before swords turned bodies into banquets.
I come from there. I return the sky to its mother when for its mother the
sky cries, and I weep for a returning cloud to know me.
I have learned the words of blood-stained courts in order to break the rules.
I have learned and dismantled all the words to construct a single one: