THE WINTER IS BACK – رجعت الشتوية

فكّر بغيرك

وأنت تُعدُّ فطورك، فكر بغيرك
لا تَنْسَ قوتَ الحمام
وأنتَ تخوضُ حروبكَ، فكَر بغيركَ
لا تنس مَنْ يطلبون السلام
وأنتَ تسدد فاتورةَ الماء، فكَّر بغيركَ
مَنْ يرضَعُون الغمامٍ
وأنتَ تعودُ إلى البيت، بيتكَ، فكَّر بغيركَ
لا تنس شعب الخيامَ
وأنت تنام وتُحصي الكواكبَ، فكرِّ بغيركَ
ثمَّةَ مَنْ لم يجد حيّزاً للمنام
وأنت تحرّر نفسك بالاستعارات، فكَّر بغيركَ
مَنْ فقدوا حقَهم بالكلام
وأنت تفكر بالآخرين البعيدين، فكِّر بنفسكَ
قُل: ليتني شمعة في الظلام
محمود درويش
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“think upon others”
When you prepare your breakfast, think upon others
Do not forget to feed the Pigeons
When you engage in your wars, think upon others
Do not forget to demand peace
As you pay your water bill, think upon others!
Who seek sustenance from the clouds, not a tap
And when you return to a house – your house – think upon others
Such as those who live in tents
When you fall asleep counting sheep (planets), think upon others
Who cannot find a space for sleeping
And as you search for meaning with fancy metaphors, think upon others
Who have lost their right to words
And while you think of faraway others, think of yourself
And say: I am a candle to this darkness

Mahmoud Darwish
Translation by Hamish Kinnear

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