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Remembering Samih al-Qasim: Travel tickets.

Famous Palestinian poet Samih al-Qasim died yesterday, after a long battle with cancer. He was a Palestinian Druze whose poetry inspired people throughout the Arab world. He will be widely mourned and stay in thoughts and minds of many for a long time to come.

tumblr_msh80bbDIV1qiaw1ao1_1280Mahmoud Darwish, Mohammad Mahdi al Jawahiri and Samih al Qasim, 1969. /tumblr/

In one of his last interviews, al-Qasim stated:

“If the Palestinian people will be free, if the Arab world will be united, if social justice will be victorious in all the world, if there will be international peace. I don’t care who will remember me or my poems. I don’t care.”

tumblr_nakmj74Azj1sg8qugo1_500al- Qasim as a child /tumblr/

To remember al-Qasim and his poetry, I am posting his famous poem, Travel Tickets.


/Travel tickets tree – arabic /

The Day I die

my killer will find

tickets in my pocket:

One to peace,

One to the fields and the rain,

and one to humanity’s conscience.

I beg you – please don’t waste them

I beg you, you who killed me: go.

For more on Samih al-Qasim and his wonderful poetry, read the first-ever English collection of his poems – Sadder than Water.


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