Mahmoud Darwish

(13 March 1941 – 9 August 2008 / Palestinian)

I Have A Seat In The Abandoned Theater - Poem by Mahmoud Darwish

I have a seat in the abandoned theater
in Beirut. I might forget, and I might recall
the final act without longing... not because of anything
other than that the play was not written
skillfully...
Chaos
as in the war days of those in despair, and an autobiography
of the spectators' impulse. The actors were tearing up their scripts
and searching for the author among us, we the witnesses
sitting in our seats
I tell my neighbor the artist: Don't draw your weapon,
and wait, unless you're the author!
—No
Then he asks me: And you are you the author?
—No
So we sit scared. I say: Be a neutral
hero to escape from an obvious fate
He says: No hero dies revered in the second
scene. I will wait for the rest. Maybe I would
revise one of the acts. And maybe I would mend
what the iron has done to my brothers
So I say: It is you then?
He responds: You and I are two masked authors and two masked
witnesses
I say: How is this my concern? I'm a spectator
He says: No spectators at chasm's door... and no
one is neutral here. And you must choose
your part in the end
So I say: I'm missing the beginning, what's the beginning?


Comments about I Have A Seat In The Abandoned Theater by Mahmoud Darwish

  • Sylvia Frances Chan (4/21/2019 10:50:00 PM)

    Like Edward here below I say too MY CONCERN IS FROM THE START TILL THE END. Please, do not revise on none acts. Thank YOU. A most deserving MODERN POEM OF THE DAY, since this is a posthume TITLE. My highest appreciations for the late poet. God will punish the robbers of someone's else land/ country. A most valuable prize for EASTER-Days. CONGRATULATIONS to the family of the late poet. God's Great Blessings. (Report)Reply

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  • Bernard F. Asuncion (4/21/2019 6:13:00 PM)

    One of the best poems by Mahmoud Darwish....... (Report)Reply

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  • (4/21/2019 5:45:00 AM)

    My last month paycheck was for 11000 dollars… All i did was simple online work from comfort at home for 3-4 hours/day that I got from this agency I discovered over the internet and they paid me for it 95 bucks every hour…

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  • Edward Kofi Louis (4/21/2019 5:21:00 AM)

    My concern! ! ! !
    From the beginning to the end.

    Thanks for sharing this poem with us.
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  • (4/21/2019 1:38:00 AM)

    Two masked authors and two masked witnesses. Congrats on modern poem of the day that is well deserved. (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Poem Edited: Wednesday, September 4, 2013


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