Mahmoud Darwish

13 March 1941 – 9 August 2008 / Palestinian

He Embraces His Murderer

He embraces his murderer.
May he win his heart: Do you feel angrier if I survive?
Brother…My brother!
What did I do to make you destroy me?
Two birds fly overhead.
Why don't you shoot upwards?
What do you say?
You grew tired of my embrace and my smell.
Aren't you just as tired of the fear within me?
Then throw your gun in the river! What do you say?
The enemy on the riverbank aims his machine gun at an embrace?
Shoot the enemy!
Thus we avoid the enemy's bullets and keep from falling into sin.
What do you say?
You'll kill me so the enemy can go to our home
And descend again into the law of the jungle?
What did you do with my mother's coffee; with your mother's coffee?
What crime did I commit to make you destroy me?
I will never
Cease embracing you.
And I will never
Release you.
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