Nizar Qabbani

Here you will find the Poem Sultan of poet Nizar Qabbani


If I were promised safety, 
if I could meet the Sultan 
I would say to him: O my lord the Sultan! 
my cloak has been torn by your ravenous dogs, 
your spies are following me all the time. 
Their eyes 
their noses 
their feet are chasing me 
like destiny, like fate 
They interrogate my wife 
and write down all the names of my friends. 
O Sultan! 
Because I dare to approach your deaf walls, 
because I tried to reveal my sadness and 
I was beaten with my shoes. 
O my lord the Sultan! 
you have lost the war twice 
because half our people 
has no tongue.