O JASMINE, DON’T EVER CRY!! / Poem by Mahmoud Said Kawash

Poem by Mahmoud Said Kawash
When the jasmine cries
Tears shed fluently now and then
Pain and impatience spread here and there
The place spits us out far away
When the jasmine cries
The hearts break, the minds fly and the bodies shiver
The feelings, desires and passions go back to the past
Security and safety desert us forever
When the jasmine cries
We miss the whisper, smile and tenderness
Joy leaves and the sorrow spreads all around
And we dream of the future without hope and contentment
O Damascene and Tunisian jasmine, don’t cry
Don’t be sad or upset
Don’t become depressed or exhausted
Because of the calamities of aeon,
The recklessness of bats and crows,
And bunch of Arabists and traitors
Restore to life its taste and elegance
So, with you, the voices of the pulpits rise
The bells ring in the churches
And the calls to prayers raise in the mosques
How much I adore you jasmine
How much I adore you
With you jasmine, the nightingales sing
The hoopoes hoop
The pigeons coo
And the sparrows tweet
With love, pleasure, longing and patience
The birds spread and chirp in the pastures
In the fields, orchards and gardens
On the bushes and branches of the trees
On the roofs of the castles and palaces
On the balconies of houses and cottages
With you jasmine the tongues go out from the quarries
The throats shout aloud with thanks and love of God
People become more beautiful, hopeful and faithful
Blessed with the worship of God and the love of the prophets
Blessed by the recitation and the intonation of the holy books
So, don’t cry
O jasmine, don’t ever cry
No, no, no, don’t cry, now and forever!!
Mahmoud Said Kawash

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