Blessed Be That Which Has Not Come!

Have you ever come across a poem so beautiful that you never forgot it, even though you couldn’t remember it? And then you try for years to track it down?

This is the wedding without end

In an endless courtyard

On an endless night.

This is the Palestinian wedding:

Never will lover reach lover

Except as martyr or fugitive

– Mahmoud Darwish, ‘Blessed Be That Which Has Not Come!’, from Elmessiri

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