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.
Mahmoud 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.”
al- 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.