Elia Abu Madi

(1890-1957)

Elia Abu Madi
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Elia Abu Madi (also known as Elia D. Madey; Arabic: إيليا أبو ماضي‎ Īlyā Abū Māḍī [note 1]) (1889 or 1890 – 23 November 1957) was a Lebanese-American poet.
Abu Madi was born in the village of Al-Muhaydithah, now part of Bikfaya, Lebanon, in 1889 or 1890. At the age of 11 he moved to Alexandria, Egypt where he worked with his uncle.
In 1911, Elia Abu Madi published his first collection of poems, Tazkar al-Madi. That same year he left Egypt for the United States, where he settled in Cincinnati, Ohio. In 1916 he moved to New York and began a career in journalism. In New York Abu Madi met and worked with a number of Arab-American poets including Khalil Gibran. He married the daughter ... more »

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Smile

He said: Lo, the sky is somber, and frowned.
I said: Smile just the same! Enough frowns in the sky
He said: Youth has left me and fled; I said: Smile!
Sorrow will never bring back your vanished youth
He said: The one whose love was my heaven,
Has tormented my soul
And turned my love into an inferno

She has betrayed my affection,
After I made my heart her sole possession.
So how can I smile
I said: Smile and enjoy yourself;
If you dwell on the hurt she dealt you, you will spend
The rest of your days in pain and suffering
He said: Business is in such ...

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