Daily Archives: June 9, 2018

The Trial – Nizar Qabbani

The East receives my songs, some praise, some curse  To each of them my gratitude I bear  For I’ve avenged the blood of each slain woman  and haven offered her who is in fear.  Woman’s rebellious heart I have supported  … Continue reading

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Language – Nizar Qabbani

When a man is in love how can he use old words? Should a woman desiring her lover lie down with grammarians and linguists? I said nothing to the woman I loved but gathered love’s adjectives into a suitcase and … Continue reading

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Words – Nizar Qabbani

He lets me listen, when he moves me, Words are not like other words He takes me, from under my arms He plants me, in a distant cloud And the black rain in my eyes Falls in torrents, torrents He … Continue reading

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I Have No Power – Nizar Qabbani

‘I have no power to change you or explain your ways Never believe a man can change a woman Those men are pretenders who think that they created woman from one of their ribs Woman does not emerge from a … Continue reading

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