Poem – On Wishes – Mahmoud Darwish

Don’t say to me: 

Would I were a seller of bread in Algiers 

That I might sing with a rebel. 

Don’t say to me: 

Would I were a herdsman in the Yemen 

That I might sing to hte shudderings of time. 

Don’t say to me: 

Would I were a cafe waiter in Havana 

That I might sing the victories of sorrowing women. 

Don’t say to me: 

Would I worked as a young laborer in Aswan 

That I might sing to the rocks. 

My friend, 

The Nile will not flow into the Volga, 

Nor the Congo or the Jordan into the Euphrates. 

Each river has its source, its course, its life. 

My friend, our land is not barren. 

Each land has its time for being born. 

Each dawn a date with a rebel.

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