a time for peace

– standing against occupation

mahmoud darwish, poet of the people

“Mahmoud Darwish was one of the best-loved Arab poets of modern times and counts among the most eminent poets in the history of world literature. Thousands flocked to hear his readings, and his volumes of poetry have been published in the hundreds of thousands. Numerous pieces have been translated into more than 30 different languages.  His poems have been transformed into folk songs and many of his verses have taken on the character of proverbs.” (www.mahmouddarwish.com)

Here is one of the poems from Darwish, which we have used with a women’s group here in Bethlehem…

On This Earth

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 live 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.  

Mahmoud Darwish (1941-2008)

We thank God for the words and thoughts of this man!

peace/salaam – Pastor Pat

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October 19, 2008 - Posted by | Palestine, peace

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