The Damascene Collar of the Dove

Thoughts on Syria by Mahmoud Darwish

A window in old Damascus

A window in old Damascus (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Section V of “The Damascene Collar of the Dove” by Mahmoud Darwish:

Mahmoud Darwish at university of betlehem.

Mahmoud Darwish at university of betlehem. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

arabic text

In Damascus:
    the traveler sings to himself:
       ”  I return from Syria
         ”   neither alive
           ”     nor dead
             ”       but as clouds
               ”         that ease the butterfly’s burden
                 ”           from my fugitive soul

Mahmoud Darwish, The Butterfly’s Burden, bilingual edition, translated from Arabic
by Fady Joudah

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