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Tania Tamari Nasir

Tania Tamari Nasir, a singer and translator, lives in Birzeit.

Poem: ‘Requiem for Mohammad Al-Dura’

Mahmoud Darwish, translated by Tania Tamari Nasir, 30 November 2000

Nestled in his father’s arms, a bird afraid of the hell above him, Mohammad prays: Father, protect me from flying. My wing is weak against the wind, and the light is black.

Mohammad wants to go home, without a bicycle, without a new shirt. He wants his school desk and his book of grammar. Take me home, father, so I can finish my homework and complete my years slowly, slowly on the...

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