EAST AND WEST – Poem by Dr. Nazih KASSIS /  Translated into Bahasa MELAYU by Siti Ruqaiyah HASHIM

Poem by Dr. Nazih KASSIS

Nazih Kassis born in 1944 in Iqrit, Palestine is a lexicographer and translator of contemporary Arabic and poetry. He received his doctorate in Linguistics from the University of Exeter, England and has compiled, edited, translated dictionaries and poetry books. He writes poetrys in local Palestinian dialect. He taught Arabic and English at the University of Haifa and Portland State University. He is one of the Arab minority now living in Hazafon, Israel.



Dear Sandy Sue and Steve Do you like me believe

The East and West can meet When they together eat?

The dish becomes ONE dish Of bread and salt and fish

And when they use ONE plate They know they have ONE fate!

Their hearts become ONE heart United in ONE part

Like mother earth and sky And all the planets high

That move around the Sun Become an eternal ONE!



Kepada Sandy Sue dan Steve Adakah kalian suka aku percaya

Timur dan Barat boleh bertemu Bila mereka makan bersama?

Makanannya SATU jenis yang sama Roti dan garam dan ikan

Dan bila mereka gunakan SATU pinggan yang sama Mereka tahu mereka menghadapi SATU nasib yang sama

Hati mereka menjadi SATU hati yang sama Bersatu dalam SATU bahagian

Seperti bumi dan langit Dan semua planet di langit biru

Yang bergerak mengelilingi mentari Kekal menjadi SATU


 Translated into Bahasa MELAYU by Siti Ruqaiyah HASHIM

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