Think of Others

“As you prepare your breakfast, think of others
Don’t forget to feed the pigeons.

As you conduct your wars, think of others
Don’t forget those who want peace.

As you pay your water bill, think of others
Think of those who have only the clouds to drink from.

As you go home, your own home, think of others
Don’t forget those who live in tents.

As you sleep and count the planets, think of others
There are people who have no place to sleep.

As you liberate yourself with metaphors, think of others
Those who have lost their right to speak.

As you think of distant others
Think of yourself and say
I wish I were a candle in the darkness”

Mahmoud Darwish

10 thoughts on “Think of Others”

  1. amazing .
    as i was reading , i kept wondering who wrote these lovely words but the name at the end describes it all.
    Thanx for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. This post is a wonderful tribute during Israel Apartheid Week (which actually lasts a month). Thanks for sharing this particular poet’s work. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Wonderful!
    Mahmoud Darwish never ceases to amaze me no matter what he says…
    thanks so much for this post…

  4. Thank you all for reading it. There is an arabic poems of the same poet in youtube. If you understand Arabic, please watch this one. It really incredible.

  5. I really enjoyed listening to this, even though my understanding of the Arabic wasn’t perfect (LOL ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ˜› ) . To listen to the sounds, rhythms, and emotions is a wonderful experience with any poetry, especially as read by the poet.

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