Nizar Qabbani

(1923 - 1998 / Damascus / Syria)

Sultan - Poem by Nizar Qabbani

If I were promised safety,
if I could meet the Sultan
I would say to him: O my lord the Sultan!
my cloak has been torn by your ravenous dogs,
your spies are following me all the time.
Their eyes
their noses
their feet are chasing me
like destiny, like fate
They interrogate my wife
and write down all the names of my friends.
O Sultan!
Because I dare to approach your deaf walls,
because I tried to reveal my sadness and
tribulation,
I was beaten with my shoes.
O my lord the Sultan!
you have lost the war twice
because half our people
has no tongue.


Comments about Sultan by Nizar Qabbani

  • Fabrizio Frosini (12/27/2015 1:51:00 PM)

    O Sultan, my master, if my clothes are ripped and torn it is because your dogs with claws are allowed to tear me
    ..
    ''you have lost the war twice
    because half our people
    has no tongue. ''

    - In ITALIAN:
    ''Hai perso due volte la guerra
    perché metà del nostro popolo
    non ha lingua.''

    Great verse!
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  • Dutendra Chamling (10/20/2015 4:45:00 AM)

    A marvellous poem which has powerful voice. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, March 22, 2010



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