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10 August 2008 @ 05:12 pm
Mahmoud Darwish 1942-2008  
Mahmoud Darwish, Palestinian poet died died Saturday in Houston. He was 67.

Who am I, without Exile?
(translated by Sinan Antoon)
Stranger on the bank,
like the river, water binds me to your name.
Nothing brings me back from this distance
to the oasis: neither war nor peace.
Nothing grants me entry into the gospels.
Nothing. Nothing shines from the shores
of ebb and flow between the Tigris and the Nile.
Nothing lifts me down from the Pharaoh's chariots.
Nothing carries me, or loads me with an idea:
neither nostalgia, nor promise.
What shall I do? What shall I do without exile
and a long night of gazing at the water?