Embrace

Najwan Darwish*

Confused and drenched

My hands torn attempting to embrace mountains, valleys, plains

And the sea that I loved drowned me over and over

This lover’s body has become a corpse

Floating on the water

Confused and drenched

My corpse also

Stretching out its arms

Dying

To embrace the sea that drowns it.

*Najwan Darwish

Najwan Darwish’s work has been translated into twenty languages. In 2014, US public radio included his book Nothing More To Lose as one of the best books of the year. He serves as the literary advisor to the Palestine Festival of Literature and has held key positions in cultural journalism, including Chief Editor of Min Wa Lla Magazine, and cultural critic for Al AkhbarNewspaper.