art of resistance, Israeli - Palestinian conflict

Mahmoud Darwish and the broken Palestinian hopes.

This post is a combination of Darwish’s poetry and photos from Time’s photo essay (and documentary) Broken hopes, Oslo’s Legacy, made by Cédric Gerbehaye.

It just seemed like a good match to me. The new peace talks, unfortunately, seem a lot like Oslo and scepticism is roaming all around  Palestine, combined with eternal whishes for peace and independence, so often portrayed in the poems of Mahmoud Darwish.

Gaza : Summer Rains

 …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?! 
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 

Darwish, Identity Card

Broken hopes - Oslo’s legacy

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
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…

Darwish,  I have a seat in the abandoned theater

Broken hopes - Oslo's legacy

I am the lover and the land is the beloved. 
The archaeologist is busy analyzing stones. 
In the rubble of legends he searches for his own eyes 
to show 
that I am a sightless vagrant on the road 
with not one letter in civilization’s alphabet. 
Meanwhile in my own time I plant my trees. 
I sing of my love. 
It is time for me to exchange the word for the deed 
Time to prove my love for the land and for the nightingale: 
For in this age the weapon devours the guitar 
And in the mirror I have been fading more and more 
Since at my back a tree began to grow. 

Darwish, Diary of a Palestinian wound

Broken hopes - Oslo’s legacy

Give me a break, he replied.
I dream of white lilies, streets of song, a house of light.
I need a kind heart, not a bullet.
I need a bright day, not a mad, fascist moment of triumph.
I need a child to cherish a day of laughter, not a weapon of war.
I came to live for rising suns, not to witness their setting.
He said goodbye and went looking for white lilies,
a bird welcoming the dawn on an olive branch.
He understands things only as he senses and smells them.
Homeland for him, he said, is to drink my mother’s coffee, to return safely, at nightfall. 

Darwish, A soldier dreams of white lillies

Broken hopes - Oslo’s legacy


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