384: And We Love Life

384: And We Love Life

384: And We Love Life

And We Love Life
by Mahmoud Darwish

And we love life if we find a way to it.
We dance in between martyrs and raise a minaret for violet or palm trees.

We love life if we find a way to it.

And we steal from the silkworm a thread to build a sky and fence in this departure.
We open the garden gate for the jasmine to go out as a beautiful day on the streets.

We love life if we find a way to it.

And we plant, where we settle, some fast growing plants, and harvest the dead.
We play the flute like the color of the faraway, sketch over the dirt corridor a neigh.
We write our names one stone at a time, O lightning make the night a bit clearer.

We love life if we find a way to it...



Translated from the Arabic by Fady Joudah

"And We Love Life," by Mahmoud Darwish. Copyright © Fady Joudah. Used by permission of Fady Joudah.