Tuesday, August 12, 2008

'Poem of the Land,' by Mahmoud Darwish

"O, those who are departing to
the mountain of fire
pass on my body
O, those who are departing to
the Rock of Jerusalem
pass on my body
O those who are crossing
on my body
You shall not pass
I am the earth in a body
You shall not pass
I am the earth in its awakening
You shall not pass
I am the earth.
O you who are crossing on
earth in its wakening
You shall not pass
You shall not pass
You shall not pass!"

-Translated by Prof. As'ad AbuKhalil

8 comments:

Sadegh said...

I have just been perusing your blog...it's really excellent...I'm currently a PhD student working on Iranian politics and would very much like to stay in contact and exchange ideas from time to time, if possible. I've added you to my blogroll and will definitely be frequenting your site whenever I can.

Best wishes,

SK

"علي " said...

Thank you very much, I'm flattered. It would be my pleasure to stay in contact and exchange ideas.

Sadegh said...

Great...I look forward to many fruitful exchanges (though I'm Iranian, I've also been learning Arabic and am very interesting in the modern politics of Shi'ite movements in the Mid East; it seems like we have a lot in common)...btw how do you post your 'my library' to your blog profile? I have been trying to for a while but have been unable to find the widget...Thanks...

Best wishes,

SK

Sadegh said...

Great...I look forward to many fruitful exchanges (though I'm Iranian, I've also been learning Arabic and am very interesting in the modern politics of Shi'ite movements in the Mid East; it seems like we have a lot in common)...btw how do you post your 'my library' to your blog profile? I have been trying to for a while but have been unable to find the widget...Thanks...

Best wishes,

SK

"علي " said...

I've been scanning your blog and yes, we do have many of the same interests. As for the widget, I use: http://www.librarything.com/

Sadegh said...

Sorry to be a bother...I too am on library thing, but how to do actually add it to your blog? apologise for being a bother...

"علي " said...

No worries. It's been awhile. Instructions can be found here: http://www.librarything.com/tools

Sadegh said...

thanks...appreciate it..take care...

sk