Mahmoud Darwish fans remember legendary Palestinian poet on death anniversary
Palestinians commemorated the 14th death anniversary of renowned writer Mahmoud Darwish on Tuesday, whose poems spoke out against the Israeli occupation.
Born in the village of Al-Birwa on 13 March 1941, the award-winning Palestinian poet's work was seen as a form of resistance and often angered Israeli authorities.
He lived part of his life in Lebanon, where his family - like thousands of Palestinians - fled during the 1948 Nakba when the state of Israel was created.
As well as a poet, Darwish was also a political activist and member of the Palestine Liberation Organisation in Beirut, which was ousted from the Lebanese capital in 1982 following the Israeli invasion.
Living in different cities throughout his life, Darwish passed away in Houston, Texas, on 9 August 2008.
Despite only some critique of Darwish, Twitter users flooded the platform with quotes from his poems to celebrate him.
"You are forgotten as if you never existed, you are forgotten like a bird when it dies, like an abandoned church you are forgotten, a transient love, like a flower in the snow you are forgotten," reads one tweet.
تُنسى— Heaven Is A Place On Earth With You (@Heavenwithyouuu) August 7, 2022
- محمود درويش.
"Take me back to where I was before I met you, then leave."
عُد بي إلى حيث كُنت قبل أن ألتقيك ، ثم إرحل..— Ahmed Guevara (@Ahmed_Guevara14) July 18, 2022
-محمود درويش pic.twitter.com/fXukqcdUhW
"When do we meet?
- After a year, and a war
And when does the war end?
- When we meet"
متى نلتقي؟— Ahmed M. Metwalli (@d_ahmed1998) July 30, 2022
- بعد عامٍ وحرب
ومتى تنتهي الحرب؟
- حين نلتقي♥️
Some even used Darwish's poems as a reference to humour.
"I need Mahmoud Darwish to come and teach me how to walk lightly to not break my fragility, and how to walk heavy to not fly," one person wrote.
محتاجة محمود درويش يجي يعلمني ازاي امشي خفيفًا لئلا أكسر هشاشتي وازاي امشي ثقيلًا لئلا أطير عشان الدنيا بايظة خالص— هاجر (@hagertheperson) August 3, 2022