*From Left to Right; Palestinian Poet Mahmoud Darwish, Iraqi Poet Mohammad Mahdi Al Jawahiri, and Palestinian Poet Samih al Qasim - 1969
No friends but the mountains.
*Kurdistan, 1991. A woman and her daughter fleeing war. Photograph by Chris Kutschera.
[To the righteous it will be said], “O reassured soul,Return to your Lord, well-pleased and pleasing [to Him],And enter among My [righteous] servants, And enter My Paradise.”
*Ketubah: Tetouan, Morocco, 1815, July 12. Marriage contract, manuscript, ink and paint on vellum, dated the fouth of Tamuz 5575 (1815 July 12) at Tetuan. Intricate floral border including two birds and a vase above a calligraphed passage with good wishes for the bride and groom. The text includes an additional clause obligating the groom not to take a second wife and not to move the family to another city without the wife’s consent.
*Three-year-old Eileen Dunne, a victim of the London Blitz, in hospital, 1940.
“Oh mother!” - a rattle, tears and darkness. Blood gushed out, and the stabbed body trembled. “Oh mother!”, heard only by the executioner. Tomorrow the dawn will come and roses will wake up. Youth and enchanted hopes will ask for her. The meadows and the flowers will answer, “She left to wash the disgrace.” The brutal executioner will return and meet the people “Disgrace?”, he wipes his knife, “We’ve torn it apart and returned virtuous with a white reputation.” - Nazik Al-Malaika
This coming from the chap who wrote 40,000 stanzas on Shams alone.
Forgive me my teacher
I too miss the Beloved