Life Worth Living

Translation/Interpretation/Caption Text: 

Arabic translation:

On this earth what makes life worth living

Source:

http://www.dflp-palestine.net/english/editorials/dflp-the-call-of-the-land-to-all-of-our-palest-people-mar-2017.html


Note: This caption is from a poem by Mahmoud Darwish

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How to Read This Poster

The Arabic text "On this earth what makes life worth living" is followed by an (understood) "is" followed by a map of Palestine amid a panoramic field of wheat which results in this caption: 

On this earth what makes life worth living is the soil/earth/fertility of Palestine (and by extension the stuggle for its liberation)

DJW

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By Mahmoud Darwish

Translated by Karim Abuawad

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On this earth what makes life worth living:

the hesitance of April

the scent of bread at dawn

an amulet made by a woman for men

Aeschylus’s works

the beginnings of love

moss on a stone

the mothers standing on the thinness of a flute

and the fear of invaders of memories.

On this earth what makes life worth living:

September’s end

a lady moving beyond her fortieth year without losing any of her grace

a sun clock in a prison

clouds imitating a flock of creatures

chants of a crowd for those meeting their end smiling

and the fear of tyrants of the songs.

On this earth what makes life worth living:

on this earth stands the mistress of the earth

mother of beginnings

mother of endings

it used to be known as Palestine

it became known as Palestine

my mistress:

I deserve, because you’re my mistress

I deserve life.