Mahmoud Darwish

Palestinian writer (1941-2008)

Mahmoud Darwish (13 March 1941 – 9 August 2008) was a Palestinian poet and author who was regarded as the Palestinian national poet. He won numerous awards for his works. Darwish used Palestine as a metaphor for the loss of Eden, birth and resurrection, and the anguish of dispossession and exile.[2][3] He has been described as incarnating and reflecting "the tradition of the political poet in Islam, the man of action whose action is poetry."[4] He also served as an editor for several literary magazines in Palestine.




  • When you prepare your breakfast, think upon others
    Do not forget to feed the pigeons.
  • When you engage in your wars, think upon others
    Do not forget those who demand peace.
  • As you pay your water bill, think upon others
    Who seek sustenance from the clouds, not a tap.
  • And when you return home – to your house – think upon others
    Such as those who live in tents.
  • When you fall asleep counting planets, think upon others
    Who cannot find a place to sleep.
  • And as you search for meaning with fancy metaphors, think upon others
    Who have lost their right to speak.
  • And when you think of others, far away, think of yourself
    And say: I am a candle in the darkness.

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