Nizar Qabbani

(1923 - 1998 / Damascus / Syria)

Nizar Qabbani Poems

1. The Child Scribbles 9/12/2013
2. Jogging 4/25/2014
3. Balqees 4/25/2014
4. Two African Breasts 9/4/2013
5. My Angry Cat 9/12/2013
6. My Lady 9/6/2013
7. School Of Love 9/4/2013
8. Beirut, The Mistress Of The World 9/4/2013
9. I Am With Terrorism 9/4/2013
10. Fragments From Notes On The Book Of Defeat 9/4/2013
11. Damascus, What Are You Doing To Me? 9/4/2013
12. The Hasteners 3/22/2010
13. The Face Of Qana 3/22/2010
14. Verse 3/22/2010
15. Sultan 3/22/2010
16. Between Us 9/4/2013
17. When I Love 3/22/2010
18. We Are Accused Of Terrorism 3/29/2010
19. The Wrathful 3/22/2010
20. On Entering The Sea 3/22/2010
21. Raise Me More Love... 3/29/2010
22. When I Love You 3/22/2010
23. Damascus, What Are You Doing To Me? 3/22/2010
24. Your Body Is My Map 3/22/2010
25. The Fortune Teller 3/22/2010
26. The Epic Of Sadness 3/22/2010
27. Dialogue 3/22/2010
28. Words 3/22/2010
29. Clarification To My Poetry-Readers 3/22/2010
30. A Lesson In Drawing 3/22/2010
31. A Damascene Moon 3/22/2010
32. Five Letters To My Mother 3/22/2010
33. A Brief Love Letter 3/22/2010
34. I Conquer The World With Words 3/22/2010
35. Barada 3/22/2010
36. Maritime Poem 3/22/2010
37. Bread, Hashish And Moon 3/22/2010
38. Jerusalem 3/22/2010
39. My Love (Do Not Ask Me) 3/22/2010
40. A Letter From A Stupid Woman 3/22/2010
Best Poem of Nizar Qabbani

In The Summer

In the summer
I stretch out on the shore
And think of you
Had I told the sea
What I felt for you,
It would have left its shores,
Its shells,
Its fish,
And followed me.


Translated by B. Frangieh And C. Brown


Submitted by Noele Aabye

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Language

When a man is in love
how can he use old words?
Should a woman
desiring her lover
lie down with
grammarians and linguists?

I said nothing
to the woman I loved
but gathered
love's adjectives into a suitcase
and fled from all languages.

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