Promises of the Storm

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Translation/Interpretation/Caption Text:  Curator's note: This poster was published in several versions. Another version may be viewed here Arabic translation: _________________________ ..because the storm promised me wine and new toasts I have been serenading happiness Mahmoud Darwish ______________________ Promises of the Storm So be it I can assure you that I will refuse death And burn the tears of the bleeding songs And strip the olive trees Of all their counterfeit branches If I have been serenading happiness Somewhere beyond the eyelids of frightened eyes That is because the storm Promised me wine and new toasts And rainbows Because the storm Swept away the voices of idiotic, obedient birds And swept away the counterfeit branches From the trunks of standing trees So be it I must be proud of you Oh wounded city You are lightning in our sad night When the street frowns at me You protect me from the shadows And the looks of hatred I will go on serenading happiness Somewhere beyond the eyelids of frightened eyes For from the time the storm begin to rage in my country It has promised me wine and rainbows by: Mahmoud Darwish

Translation/Interpretation/Caption Text: 

Curator's note: This poster was published in several versions.

Another version may be viewed here

Arabic translation:

_________________________

..because the storm promised me wine and new toasts

I have been serenading happiness

Mahmoud Darwish

______________________

Promises of the Storm

So be it

I can assure you that I will refuse death

And burn the tears of the bleeding songs

And strip the olive trees

Of all their counterfeit branches

If I have been serenading happiness

Somewhere beyond the eyelids of frightened eyes

That is because the storm

Promised me wine and new toasts

And rainbows

Because the storm

Swept away the voices of idiotic, obedient birds

And swept away the counterfeit branches

From the trunks of standing trees

So be it I must be proud of you

Oh wounded city

You are lightning in our sad night

When the street frowns at me

You protect me from the shadows

And the looks of hatred

I will go on serenading happiness

Somewhere beyond the eyelids of frightened eyes

For from the time the storm begin to rage in my country

It has promised me wine and rainbows

by: Mahmoud Darwish