Nizar Qabbani

(1923 - 1998 / Damascus / Syria)

Jerusalem - Poem by Nizar Qabbani

I wept until my tears were dry
I prayed until the candles flickered
I knelt until the floor creaked
I asked about Mohammed and Christ
Oh Jerusalem, the fragrance of prophets
The shortest path between earth and sky
Oh Jerusalem, the citadel of laws
A beautiful child with fingers charred
and downcast eyes
You are the shady oasis passed by the Prophet
Your streets are melancholy
Your minarets are mourning
You, the young maiden dressed in black
Who rings the bells in the Nativity
On Saturday morning?
Who brings toys for the children
On Christmas eve?
Oh Jerusalem, the city of sorrow
A big tear wandering in the eye
Who will halt the aggression
On you, the pearl of religions?
Who will wash your bloody walls?
Who will safeguard the Bible?
Who will rescue the Quran?
Who will save Christ?
Who will save man?
Oh Jerusalem my town
Oh Jerusalem my love
Tomorrow the lemon trees will blossom
And the olive trees will rejoice
Your eyes will dance
The migrant pigeons will return
To your sacred roofs
And your children will play again
And fathers and sons will meet
On your rosy hills
My town
The town of peace and olives.


Comments about Jerusalem by Nizar Qabbani

  • Fabrizio Frosini (12/27/2015 12:37:00 PM)


    Who will wash your bloody walls?
    Who will safeguard the Bible?
    Who will rescue the Quran?
    Who will save Christ?
    Who will save man?
    Oh Jerusalem my town
    Oh Jerusalem my love
    ...
    And your children will play again
    And fathers and sons will meet
    On your rosy hills
    My town
    The town of peace and olives.


    A beautiful poem.. yet, when is that 'tomorrow'..?
    How long will we have to wait for Peace to return to Jerusalem, Israel, Palestine, Syria, ..? ?
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Poem Submitted: Monday, March 22, 2010



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