Mahmoud Darwish

((13 March 1941 – 9 August 2008 / Palestinian)

Don't apologize for what you've done


Don't apologize for what you've done - I'm saying this
in secret. I say to my personal other:
Here all of your memories are visible:
Midday ennui in a cat's somnolence,
the cock's comb,
a scent of sage,
mother's coffee,
a straw mat with pillows,
the iron door to your room,
a fly buzzing around Socrates,
the cloud above Plato,
Diwan al-Hamasa,
father's photograph,
Mu'jam al-Buldan,
Shakespeare,
your three brothers and three sisters,
your childhood friends -
and a klatch of meddlers:
'Is that him?'
The witnesses disagree:
'Maybe.'
'It seems to be.'
I ask:
'And who is he?'
I get no answer.
I whisper to my other:
'Is he the one that was you… that was me?'
He looks away.
The witnesses turn to my mother to confirm
he is me and
she readies herself to sing
her unique song:
'I'm the one who bore him,
but the wind brought him up.'
And I say to my other: 'Don't apologize, except to your mother.'

Submitted: Wednesday, September 04, 2013
Edited: Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

What do you think this poem is about?



Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (Don't apologize for what you've done by Mahmoud Darwish )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

PoemHunter.com Updates

New Poems

  1. Deepavali, Gangadharan nair Pulingat..
  2. Psalm CVII, Henry Ainsworth
  3. Even in strife, hasmukh amathalal
  4. ! DESECRATED POEMS/FLOATING HYPERLINK IN.., Alice Vedral Rivera
  5. In the midst of ruin there is reparation, Mark Heathcote
  6. Psalm XXIII, Henry Ainsworth
  7. Moral on love., Gangadharan nair Pulingat..
  8. Dreamcatcher, Kwai Chee Low
  9. etc, gordon nosworthy
  10. And they ruined my family, Cyndi K. Gacosta

Poem of the Day

poet Charles Stuart Calverley

He stood, a worn-out City clerk —
Who'd toil'd, and seen no holiday,
For forty years from dawn to dark —
Alone beside Caermarthen Bay.
...... Read complete »

   

Trending Poems

  1. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  2. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  3. Phenomenal Woman, Maya Angelou
  4. I, Too, Langston Hughes
  5. If, Rudyard Kipling
  6. O Captain! My Captain!, Walt Whitman
  7. Daffodils, William Wordsworth
  8. Dreams, Langston Hughes
  9. If You Forget Me, Pablo Neruda
  10. Annabel Lee, Edgar Allan Poe

Trending Poets

[Hata Bildir]