Mahmoud Darwish

13 March 1941 – 9 August 2008 / Palestinian

Other Berbers Will Come

Other Berbers will come.
The emperor's wife will be abducted.
Drums will beat loudly.
Drums will beat so that horses
will leap over human bodies
from the Aegean Sea to the Dardanelles.
So why should we be concerned?
What do our wives have to do with horse racing?
The emperor's wife will be abducted.
Drums will beat loudly and other Berbers
will come.Berbers will fill the cities' emptiness,
slightly higher than the sea,
mightier than the sword in a time of madness.
So why should we be concerned?
What do our children have to do
with the children of this impudence?
Drums will beat loudly
and other Berbers will come.
The emperor's wife will be taken
from his bedroom. From his bedroom
he will launch a military assault
to return his bedmate to his bed.
Why should we be concerned?
What do fifty thousand victims
have to do with this brief marriage?
Can Homer be born after us . . .
and myths open their doors to the throng?
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