Mahmoud DarwishFady Joudah


To a Young Poet

Don’ t believe our outlines, forget them
and begin from your own words.
As if you are the first to write poetry
or the last poet.

If you read our work, let it not be an extension of our airs,
but to correct our errs
in the book of agony.

Don’ t ask anyone: Who am I?
You know who your mother is.
As for your father, be your own.

Truth is white, write over it
with a crow’ s ink.
Truth is black, write over it
with a mirage’ s light.

If you want to duel with a falcon
soar with the falcon.