A River Dies of Thirst: Journals by Mahmoud Darwish

By Mahmoud Darwish

“There are maps of Palestine that the politicians won't ever be able to forfeit: the only stored within the thoughts of Palestinian refugees, and that that's drawn by means of Mahmoud Darwish’s poetry.”—Anton Shammas

This outstanding selection of Mahmoud Darwish’s poems and prose meditations is either lyrical and philosophical, wondering and clever, packed with irony and protest and play. “Every attractive poem is an act of resistance.” As continuously, Darwish’s musings on unrest and loss stay on love and humanity; fable and dream are inseparable from fact. “Truth is obvious as day.” through the ebook, Darwish returns usually to his ongoing and sometimes lighthearted dialog with death.

Mahmoud Darwish (1941–2008) used to be offered the Lannan Prize for Cultural Freedom in 2001. He used to be considered as the voice of the Palestinian humans and one of many maximum poets of our time.

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We see them oiling their weapons to kill the gryphon they think is hiding in our hen coop. And we cannot help laughing. The law of fear The killer looks at the spectre of the dead man, not into his eyes, without regret. He says to those around him: 'Don't blame me. I'm afraid. ' Others, admirers of the idea that progress is superior to morality, say: 'Justice emanates from the generosity of power. ' The spectre of the dead man appeared to them from a cloudless sky and when they opened fire on him they did not see a single drop of blood, and they were afraid.

Cheated time Because nobody ever arrives on time, and because waiting is like sitting on a hot tin roof, he put his watch back twenty minutes. In this way he made the torment of waiting easier to bear, and forgot about it. But since he cheated time he hasn't been on time for anything. He sits on his suitcase in the station waiting for a train that never comes, without realising that it went exactly on time, and it was he who was late. He goes back home disappointed. He opens his suitcase and returns its contents to the drawers like anyone coming back from a trip.

When it becomes a table it teaches the poet not to be a woodcutter. The tree is forgiveness and vigilance. It neither sleeps nor dreams, but is entrusted with the secrets of dreamers, standing guard night and day, showing respect to passers-by and to the heavens. The tree is a standing prayer, directing its devotions upwards. When it bends a little in the storm, it bends majestically, like a nun, looking upwards all the time. ' We arrived too late At a light-hearted stage of lifewe call maturity we are neither optimistic nor pessimistic.

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