Caledoniyya

Ode to The Bean

PD*2334451Mahmoud Darwish kick? Perhaps.

Or maybe it is merely the fact that the man captured every nuance of life in a sentence and spun it on from there.

Taken fromย Memory for Forgetfulness: August, Beirut, 1982:

‘They can aim sea, sky, and earth at me, but they cannot root the aroma of coffee out of me. I shall make my coffee now. I will drink the coffee now. Right now, I will be sated with the aroma of coffee, that I may at least distinguish myself from a sheep and live one more day, or die, with the aroma of coffee all around me.

Now I am born. My veins are saturated with their stimulant drugs, in contact with the springs of their life, caffeine and nicotine, and the ritual of their coming home together as created by my hand.

“How can a hand write,” I ask myself, “if it doesn’t know how to be creative in making coffee!” How often have the heart specialists said, while smoking, “Don’t smoke or drink coffee!” And how I’ve joked with them, “A donkey doesn’t smoke or drink coffee. And it doesn’t write.”‘

And that, right there, is a truth plucked from the core of life.

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This entry was posted on April 28, 2014 by in Lebanon, Palestine, Poetry.
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