Of Her Love


Author Issa Issa Qawasmi, translation Nahida Izzat


Seventy years on, the heart is still loaded with the same question, memory or amnesia?


Every Jerusalemite is born deeply involved in belonging,

A forbidden love that turns pulse into shrapnel,

A love carrying its identity from the wound of the place,

A love transparent, as a woman’s body, does not need much of beauty frills,

A love suffice for the universe and life without a question,

A love that relinquishes its thirst from the essence of a mirage,

A love which has no need for the wisdom of distant far away sister-cities, captured in the trap of humiliation and disgrace,

A love that passionately safeguards holiness, history, geography and reasons for survival,

A love overflowing between two wars, such as a bird nesting between Earth and the Sky,

A love, free, outside coincidence, like astonishment before the door of the Resurrection,

A love of which facts, evidence and the patience of enemies got exhausted,

A love that does not tire of interpreting love,

A love against treason or amnesia,

A love that resembles Jerusalem.

​On the fringes of my heart, I chose to love you,

Everything about you is lovable

​Forgive me if the age of my pulse is short,

I love you when a cloud injures me,

​and when the road does not lead me to you,

I love you if a moon rises in your palm and if your intimacy becomes hell,

I love you as I ran out of me to you, as the narcissus of your eyes brought me as a stranger,

I love you when I ​am alone​, the heart ​left with nothing but prayer and nostalgia,

I forget you, ​to get closer to you,

I forget you​,​ ​for in you I ​recover​ ​everything I ​ever lost.

 

بقلم الاديب المقدسي عيسى القواسمي وترجمة ناهدة عزت

سبعون عاما والقلب لا زال محملا بذات السؤال ، الذاكرة أم النسيان ؟كل مقدسي يولد متورطآ بالإنتماء ، حب محرم يحول النبض الى شظايا ، حب يحمل هويته من جرح المكان ، حب شفاف كجسد إمرأة لا يحتاج الى الكثير من رتوش الجمال ، حب يكفي الكون والعمر دون سؤال ، حب يروي عطشه من جوهر السراب ، حب لا يحتاج الى حكمة المدن الشقيقة البعيدة النائية الواقعة في فخ الذل والهوان ، حب ينتصر للقداسة والتاريخ والجغرافيا وأسباب البقاء ، حب فاض بين حربين مثل طير صنع أيكه بين الأرض والسماء ، حب حر خارج الصدفة كالدهشة أمام باب القيامة ، حب ضجرت منه الحقائق والبراهين وصبر الأعداء ، حب لا يتعب من تفسير الحب ، حب يشبه القدس ، حب ضد الخيانة أو النسيان

على هامش قلبي ، إخترت أن أحبك ، فكل ما فيك يحب … وأغفري لي إن كان عمر
النبض قصير ، أحبك حين تجرحني غيمة ولا تصوبني إليك الطريق ، أحبك إن
إرتفع قمر في كفك وصار وصالك جحيم ، أحبك إذ خرجت مني إليك وأعادني نرجس
عينيك كالغريب ، أحبك حين أترك وحيدآ ولا يمتلك القلب سوى صلاة وحنين .
وأنساك لأقترب منك ، أنساك فبك كل ما أضعت أستعيد .

 

Bonded!


 

O tree, imposing and magnificent

Composed and dignified you stand

Getting hurt but never cause hurt

Do you know pain, as we do?

Do you shed tears when you cry?

* * *

Beneath your weepy branches

How many anguished souls have you seen?

Do you cringe and go to pieces

As lives perish before your eyes?

Does your heart split asunder

Watching lovers go insane

As they say their last goodbye?

* * *

How do you sway with rustling leaves,

Watching people go astray

And civilizations fade away?

How do you keep your cheeky smile,

Despite the horrors you have seen?

* * *

O tree, beautiful and free

Did a passer-by ever stop by

Whisper in your ears

“Soulmate, I love 💕 you”?

 

Morning Prayer


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Dear Most Beloved Most Kind

Fill my heart with love

So it may embrace Your entire creation

Fill my world with flowers

So it may bloom in Your adoration

Fill my life with colour

So it may sing Your Sublime Beauty

Fill my eyes with tenderness

So it may be dazzled by Your Brilliance

Fill my day with laughter

So it may resonate in the vastness of Your cosmos

Fill my arms with loved ones

So it may rejoice in Your Compassion

Fill my home with friends

So it may celebrate Your boundless bequest

Fill my hands with kindness

So it may bounce off your Generosity

 

 

Fill my mind with wisdom

So it may spin in Your Magnificence

Fill my being with gratitude

So it may dwell in Your peace, serene

Fill my soul with poetry

So it may dance to Your Splendour

Ameen

 

My Soul Bows Down


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Like droplets of dew flowing on a jasmine tree

 

Like humming of canaries as dawn breaks free

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Like flowers in a garden swaying at twilight

Like whispers of lovers meandering under moonlight

 

 

Like fragrance of an angel floating by

Like a baby’s eyes as he sings his lullaby

 

So prays my soul

 

❤︎ Sisters ❤︎


 
Dima, my beloved
A precious heart, a soul sublime
A heavenly angel floating by
My refuge when going gets tough
My safe-haven soulmate
A gifted child,​ magic-wand fingers
Everything you touch, a masterpiece supreme
* * *
Reem, my beloved
​A smile from ear to ear

No matter how hard life is

No matter how severe

 

A walking heart with gorgeous grin
A meadow of kindness, of empathy a well of tears
* * *
 
Nadia my beloved
An open book, what you see is what you get
No grudges, no hate, no matters how hurt
A river of love flowing untamed
No obstruction stands in its way
Your joy is being there for whomever in need
* * *
Sweet sisters, my beloved
What did I do to deserve you!

All Shades of Wonder


Weary of my colour?
Don’t be, God chose it for me
I do love His gift, magnificent
A touch of paint divine

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Sublime brush is splashing
Perfect is the Maker
All shades of tender beauty
Glorious the design

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Look into my eyes
Come and hold my heart
Feel my compassion
Fear me not, truly I am benign

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A heavenly kiss awakens
Lonely jittery souls
A breath of love embracing
O feel it, brother of mine

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Kissed By Heaven


​Heaven descends

Caresses your cheeks

Poses a kiss

On your weary brow

​You smile

Life blooms

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With a tight embrace

and few tears

Heaven holds your heart

Washes your feet

You smile

Life blooms

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I Miss You


What! Spring still visits you, my sweetheart, despite all that pain?


Does he still yearn to give your wounded cheeks a kiss?


Does he still caress your velvet plaits with scent of roses and jasmine?


Do daffodils still bloom in your meadows, in spite of death-makers?


O, do poppies still grows yearning to touch the feet of your beloved,

Enchanted, as prophets adoration of Heaven?

This is My Palestine


I miss you sweetheart, I miss your embrace


Take me to you, embrace me, never let go


Shatter me under the beats of your heart,  let me divvy with your breath


Fade away   dissolve into nothingness

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اشتقت اليك


ما زال الربيع يزورك يا حبيبة، مع كل ذياك الالم؟

اما زال يرنو الى وجنتيك الجريحتين بقبلة؟

ويمسح بعطر الورد والياسمين، جدائلك المخملية ؟

اما زال النرجس يزهر فوق رباك رغم انف صانعي الموت؟

اما زال يكبر الحنون تحت اقدام حبيبك يلامسها بعشق وبشوق الانبياء للجنة؟

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اشتقت اليك يا حبيبتي، لدفئ حضنك

خذيني اليك، لا تتركيني ولا تفلتيني

دعيني اتفتت تحت دقات فؤادك، اتلاشى بين انفاسك

اذوب … اذوب حتى العدم

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Just to See You Smile


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I peel the petals of my heart

One by one

Lay them down

A pillow, fragrant and tender

Just for you

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I grate the kernel of my soul

Day by day

Stitch with stardust

A cocoon, warm and cozy

Just for you

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I glean the tears of my eyes

Droplet by droplet

Fill a lake, a sea or an ocean

To wash fear, pain and sorrow

For time without end
Just for you
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I gather the beats of my heart

Hour after hour

A string of starts

Sew it a blanket, silk and velvet

Just for you
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Only to see you smile again

and for your beautiful eyes to gleam

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