Mahmoud Darwish

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

Earth Presses Against Us


Earth is pressing against us, trapping us in the final passage.
To pass through, we pull off our limbs.
Earth is squeezing us. If only we were its wheat, we might die and yet live.
If only it were our mother so that she might temper us with mercy.
If only we were pictures of rocks held in our dreams like mirrors.
We glimpse faces in their final battle for the soul, of those who will be killed
by the last living among us. We mourn their children's feast.
We saw the faces of those who would throw our children out of the windows.
of this last space. A star to burnish our mirrors.
Where should we go after the last border? Where should birds fly after the last sky?
Where should plants sleep after the last breath of air?
We write our names with crimson mist!
We end the hymn with our flesh.
Here we will die. Here, in the final passage.
Here or there, our blood will plant olive trees.

translated by Munir Akash and Carolyn Forche

Submitted: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Edited: Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Form:


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

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 (Earth Presses Against Us by Mahmoud Darwish )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

Trending Poets

Trending Poems

  1. 04 Tongues Made Of Glass, Shaun Shane
  2. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  3. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  4. Daffodils, William Wordsworth
  5. If, Rudyard Kipling
  6. All the World's a Stage, William Shakespeare
  7. Dreams, Langston Hughes
  8. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou
  9. O Captain! My Captain!, Walt Whitman
  10. Annabel Lee, Edgar Allan Poe

Poem of the Day

poet William Wordsworth

Oft I had heard of Lucy Gray:
And, when I crossed the wild,
I chanced to see at break of day
The solitary child.

No mate, no comrade Lucy knew;
...... Read complete »

   

New Poems

  1. North peaks, Dwitun Basumatary
  2. EVOKING IMAGES, Satish Verma
  3. Bewitched, Dwitun Basumatary
  4. Once More, Marites C. Cayetano
  5. Now it is my turn, gajanan mishra
  6. The Riches, Cee Bea
  7. Forgotten, Priyanka Bhowmick
  8. The courage to fight, Yisel Chong
  9. Segment replicates the Whole, Pranab K. Chakraborty
  10. The Monday After The Weekend, Ernest Elliot Daka
[Hata Bildir]