Poetry Please

The other day I was doing a very short session with Haneen Jadalla’s drama group at Asma Prep B Girls UNRWA school Gaza when Haneen suddenly announced that two students would like to perform a poem to me.

I love it when these kind of impromptu things happen in the sessions and what a great poem it was – by the Palestinian poet, Mahmoud Darwish.

Here’s the text of it..

Think of others – Mahmoud Darwish (1941 – 2008) 

As you prepare your breakfast, think of others
(do not forget the pigeon’s food).
As you conduct your wars, think of others
(do not forget those who seek peace).
As you pay your water bill, think of others
(those who are nursed by clouds).
As you return home, to your home, think of others
(do not forget the people of the camps).
As you sleep and count the stars, think of others
(those who have nowhere to sleep).
As you liberate yourself in metaphor, think of others
(those who have lost the right to speak).
As you think of others far away, think of yourself
(say: “If only I were a candle in the dark”).

And here’s the video of Basma Enaya and Doaa Abu Shanab performing the poem. I’ve set up a new youtube playlist just for poetry so please send us your videos of poems performed by young people and we’ll add them.


2 thoughts on “Poetry Please

  1. wow!
    Thanks Nick for sharing this .
    I think poetry empowers those teenage girls to.express their opinions and tell.their stories with the world outside 🙂
    and this poem particularly teaches them values and much more about life .It has to do.with avoiding selfishness.and create a sense of balance.- that is not.forgetting themselves while thinking of.others.🙂
    You can use this poem as an excellent model while you are teaching.positive and.negative instructions.


    1. It was a wonderful poem written by the poet Mahmoud Darwish entitled “Think of others”. It was a great feeling when I started talking and it was not difficult to memorize and her words were very expressive finally I thank Teacher Hanin for her training us.👌💙


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