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. He has been described as incarnating and reflecting "the tradition of the political poet in Islam, the man of action whose action is poetry." 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.