Mahmoud Darwish

(13 March 1941 – 9 August 2008 / Palestinian)

Identity Card - Poem by Mahmoud Darwish

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!


Comments about Identity Card by Mahmoud Darwish

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

    Beware..
    Beware..
    Of my hunger
    And my anger! ........so touching. Beautiful poem.
    (Report)Reply

    0 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • Edward Kofi Louis (5/6/2019 11:20:00 AM)

    Identification.

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

    0 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • (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!
    (Report)Reply

    0 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • Rajnish 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.
    (Report)Reply

    0 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • Mahtab 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!
    (Report)Reply

    0 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • (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. (Report)Reply

    0 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • Bernard F. Asuncion (5/6/2019 1:40:00 AM)

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

    0 person liked.
    1 person did not like.
  • (10/16/2018 3:26:00 AM)

    i am very happy when i was read in this poem (Report)Reply

    0 person liked.
    1 person did not like.
  • (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
    (Report)Reply

    3 person liked.
    2 person did not like.
  • Mohammed 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+++ (Report)Reply

    3 person liked.
    1 person did not like.
  • Dutendra Chamling (10/28/2015 5:53:00 AM)

    ...Write down!
    I am an Arab...
    What a wonderful poem.
    (Report)Reply

    8 person liked.
    2 person did not like.
  • (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 (Report)Reply

    3 person liked.
    1 person did not like.
  • (1/22/2015 5:51:00 AM)

    a mighty poet in the Street (Report)Reply

    4 person liked.
    1 person did not like.
Read all 13 comments »




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?



Poem Submitted: Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Poem Edited: Tuesday, September 3, 2013


Famous Poems

  1. Still I Rise
    Maya Angelou
  2. The Road Not Taken
    Robert Frost
  3. If You Forget Me
    Pablo Neruda
  4. Dreams
    Langston Hughes
  5. Annabel Lee
    Edgar Allan Poe
  6. If
    Rudyard Kipling
  7. Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening
    Robert Frost
  8. Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep
    Mary Elizabeth Frye
  9. I Do Not Love You Except Because I Love You
    Pablo Neruda
  10. Television
    Roald Dahl
[Report Error]