Mahmoud Darwish

(13 March 1941 – 9 August 2008 / Palestinian)

I Come From There

Poem by Mahmoud Darwish

I come from there and I have memories
Born as mortals are, I have a mother
And a house with many windows,
I have brothers, friends,
And a prison cell with a cold window.
Mine is the wave, snatched by sea-gulls,
I have my own view,
And an extra blade of grass.
Mine is the moon at the far edge of the words,
And the bounty of birds,
And the immortal olive tree.
I walked this land before the swords
Turned its living body into a laden table.
I come from there. I render the sky unto her mother
When the sky weeps for her mother.
And I weep to make myself known
To a returning cloud.
I learnt all the words worthy of the court of blood
So that I could break the rule.
I learnt all the words and broke them up
To make a single word: Homeland.....


Comments about I Come From There by Mahmoud Darwish

  • Sylvia Frances ChanSylvia Frances Chan (4/21/2019 11:03:00 PM)

    Inhuman it is when a person is robbed from his own ground, his own property, his own land and that of his parents and grandparents. We must honour and appreciate other property. God is witness, man must fear God. This is a very touching poem. It has become IMMORTAL NOW. This poem has deepest impact on the readers. Immortal poem.(Report)Reply

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  • Faiza Ahmed (3/25/2019 9:21:00 AM)

    A poem well woven. I enjoyed reading through and through. Thank you Chinedu.(Report)Reply

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  • Rajnish MangaRajnish Manga (12/23/2018 10:58:00 PM)

    The quest, struggle and longing for a homeland comes alive in this poem. It proves that the word is more powerful than the sword. Thank you, Mahmoud Darwish.(Report)Reply

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  • Prabir GayenPrabir Gayen (12/23/2018 8:38:00 AM)

    I learnt all the words worthy of the court of blood
    So that I could break the rule.
    I learnt all the words and broke them up
    To make a single word: Homeland..... Fantastic creation...(Report)Reply

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (12/23/2018 4:40:00 AM)

    I have memories! ! ! !

    Thanks for sharing this poem with us.(Report)Reply

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (12/23/2018 3:08:00 AM)

    HOMELAND
    From there I'm
    to there I'm
    all through natural chain
    nerves and veins are craving
    a procession road to road
    for coming back.....//// great Mahmoud Darwish is and written always greatly, love him very much(Report)Reply

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  • Bernard F. AsuncionBernard F. Asuncion (12/23/2018 2:17:00 AM)

    A wonderful poem by Mahmoud Darwish....👍👍(Report)Reply

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  • Adrian FlettAdrian Flett (12/23/2018 2:14:00 AM)

    'I walked this land before the swords' A poem of passion with political overtones.(Report)Reply

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  • Anil Kumar PandaAnil Kumar Panda (12/23/2018 1:39:00 AM)

    One of the best poem i have read in recent times. Such a soul stirring drop. Thanks for sharing.(Report)Reply

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  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (4/15/2018 1:21:00 AM)

    Mine is the wave, snatched by sea-gulls,
    I have my own view,
    And an extra blade of grass.
    Mine is the moon at the far edge of the words, this is real poetry, use of words, the feelings it conveys and the philosophy..... u teach are marvellous..dear poet. tony(Report)Reply

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  • * Sunprincess * (2/11/2016 7:20:00 PM)

    ...........a wonderful poem...there is no place like a person's home ★(Report)Reply

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  • Ramesh RaiRamesh Rai (3/19/2014 11:07:00 PM)

    Born as mortals are, I have a mother
    And a house with many windows,
    I have brothers, friends,
    And a prison cell with a cold window.
    A soulful expression(Report)Reply

    Mohammed Asim Nehal(7/26/2016 8:22:00 AM)

    I endorse your views.

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  • Eman Abdel LatifEman Abdel Latif (3/19/2012 7:06:00 AM)

    to make a single word: HOMELAND(Report)Reply

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  • Eman Abdel LatifEman Abdel Latif (3/19/2012 7:06:00 AM)

    to make a single word: HOMELAND(Report)Reply

    18 person liked.
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  • Eman Abdel LatifEman Abdel Latif (3/19/2012 7:02:00 AM)

    to make a single word: HOMELAND(Report)Reply

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  • Louis Fernand (1/25/2010 1:55:00 AM)

    Nice words are not necessarily true...
    see: http: //www.youtube.com/watch? v=d51poygEXYU(Report)Reply

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  • Ghada Shahbender (8/22/2008 3:52:00 PM)

    Born as mortals Death has taken you... Thank you for blessing our lives with your words. Hope you are now at peace(Report)Reply

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  • Dzekashu MacViban (1/7/2008 12:29:00 PM)

    i love the poem, he's the best Palestinian poet i know of.(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003

Poem Edited: Wednesday, September 4, 2013


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