poet Mahmoud Darwish

Mahmoud Darwish

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Identity Card

Write down !
I am an Arab
And my identity card number is fifty thousand
I have eight children
And the ninth will come after a summer
Will you be angry?
.
Write down!
I am an Arab
Employed with fellow workers at a quarry
I have eight children
I get them bread
Garments and books
from the rocks..
I do not supplicate charity at your doors
Nor do I belittle myself at the footsteps of your chamber
So will you be angry?
.
Write down!
I am an Arab
I have a name without a title
Patient in a country
Where people are enraged
My roots
Were entrenched before the birth of time
And before the opening of the eras
Before the pines, and the olive trees
And before the grass grew.
My father.. descends from the family of the plow
Not from a privileged class
And my grandfather..was a farmer
Neither well-bred, nor well-born!
Teaches me the pride of the sun
Before teaching me how to read
And my house is like a watchman's hut
Made of branches and cane
Are you satisfied with my status?
I have a name without a title!
.
Write down!
I am an Arab
You have stolen the orchards of my ancestors
And the land which I cultivated
Along with my children
And you left nothing for us
Except for these rocks..
So will the State take them
As it has been said?!
.
Therefore!
Write down on the top of the first page:
I do not hate poeple
Nor do I encroach
But if I become hungry
The usurper's flesh will be my food
Beware..
Beware..
Of my hunger
And my anger!

Poem Submitted: Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Poem Edited: Tuesday, September 3, 2013

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  • Salma Ahmad Khan (9/18/2020 7:00:00 PM)

    ALLAH {SWT} WILL Give SUCCESS to the Palestinians! I have NO DOUBT about it!

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  • Eduardo Israel Cruz (6/24/2020 2:42:00 PM)

    Write down I am an Arab An my identification number is fifty thousand Love this. Great Poem.

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  • Kathleen.Melody (4/25/2020 10:53:00 AM)

    5523 N Elm Rd

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  • Kumarmani MahakulKumarmani Mahakul (5/6/2019 12:23:00 PM)

    Beware..
    Beware..
    Of my hunger
    And my anger! ........so touching. Beautiful poem.

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (5/6/2019 11:20:00 AM)

    Identification.

    Thanks for sharing this poem with us.

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  • Alouwou Mandjah (5/6/2019 9:59:00 AM)

    Write down on the top of the first page:
    I do not hate poeple
    Nor do I encroach
    But if I become hungry
    The usurper's flesh will be my food
    Beware..
    Beware..
    Of my hunger
    And my anger!

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  • Rajnish MangaRajnish Manga (5/6/2019 6:42:00 AM)

    Great poem of want, deprivation and a history of persecution. But, don't ever cross the limit.
    Circumstances make you a rebel. Thanks.

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (5/6/2019 4:44:00 AM)

    great poem;
    verily the true utterance
    this world will not listen;
    because the riders of this world are deaf since birth!

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  • Tom Allport (5/6/2019 4:17:00 AM)

    A powerful write encompassing all who's plight is being now being forgotten and discarded, even though they have been given an ID.

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  • Bernard F. AsuncionBernard F. Asuncion (5/6/2019 1:40:00 AM)

    One of the best poems by Mahmoud Darwish........

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  • mujeeb ahmad (10/16/2018 3:26:00 AM)

    i am very happy when i was read in this poem

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  • caroline (1/20/2018 3:45:00 AM)

    wonderful poem.
    the reader is terrible however. Please get someone else to read these poems. she sound like a robot

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  • M Asim NehalM Asim Nehal (10/23/2016 2:58:00 PM)

    Yes self pride is something which we all must have, why should someone be seen as belittle or unfortunate...Great poem....1000+++

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  • Dutendra ChamlingDutendra Chamling (10/28/2015 5:53:00 AM)

    ...Write down!
    I am an Arab...
    What a wonderful poem.

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  • Edward Reid (10/27/2015 3:46:00 PM)

    Why can't you find a poet to read this poem? Stephen Dawkins could have read this more expressively! The reader even pronounced the typo poeple as it was misspelt! Ed Reid New Zealand

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  • Ray Gibbs (1/22/2015 5:51:00 AM)

    a mighty poet in the Street

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