Saturday, December 8, 2007

Marcel Khalifa - To My Mother
مارسيل خليفة - إلى أمي
Ila Umi
A ma mère

This song is a nice song about one's mother taken from a Mahmoud Darwish poem. This song is often taken to be metaphorically about Palestine, but Mahmoud Darwish has said that it is simply about his mother. Nevertheless, it is used to commemorate the Palestinian struggle as in videos such as the one supplied here.



Marcel Khalifa - To My Mother

I long for my mother's bread
And my mother's coffee
And my mother's touch...
My childhood grows within me
Day after day
I love my life because
If I died,
I would be embarassed by my mother's tears

Take me, if i return one day
As a scarf for your lashes
And cover my bones with grass
Baptized by the purity of your heel
Tie me up
With a lock of hair
With a thread that points to the tail of your dress
Perhaps I will become a god
A god I would become
If I felt the bottom of your heart
Put me, if I return
As feul to light your fire
And a washline on your house's roof
Because I've lost my strength to stand
Without the prayer of your day
I've grown old... return the stars of childhood
So I can share with the sparrow chicks
The way back
To the nest of your waiting

مارسيل خليفة - إلى أمي

أحنُّ إلى خبز أُمي
وقهوة أُمي
ولمسة أُمي..
وتكبرُ فيَّ الطفولةُ
يومًا على صدر يومِ
وأعشَقُ عمرِي لأني
إذا مُتُّ،
أخجل من دمع أُمي!

خذيني، إذا عدتُ يومًا
وشاحًا لهُدْبِكْ
وغطّي عظامي بعشب
تعمَّد من طهر كعبك
وشُدّي وثاقي ..
بخصلة شَعر ..
بخيطٍ يلوِّح في ذيل ثوبك ..
عساني أصيرُ إلهًا
إلهًا أصير ..
إذا ما لمستُ قرارة قلبك !
ضعيني، إذا ما رجعتُ
وقودًا بتنور ناركْ ..
وحبل غسيل على سطح دارك
لأني فقدتُ الوقوفَ
بدون صلاة نهارك
هَرِمْتُ، فردّي نجوم الطفولة
حتى أُشارك
صغار العصافير
درب الرجوع ..
لعُش انتظارِك

3 comments:

feras said...

nice blog :)

i like the idea of translating the peoms

keep it up and please focus on the great singers like marcel and fairouz

Anonymous said...

Allah bless all palestinian people!!!!

Save Mahmoud Darwish
Save Muin Bsaiso

Save all Palestinian poets
Save the wonderful Palestinian resistence around the world!!!!!

Salam, salam, salam!!!!!

Anonymous said...

This is a lovely poem