As you prepare your breakfast


As you prepare your breakfast, think of others
(do not forget the pigeon’s food).
As you wage 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 express 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.)

— Mahmoud Darwish, “Think of Others”


Credits: Poem – The Journey of Words from Darwish’s book Almond Blossoms and Beyond. Photograph: bdak89


  1. Simple and profound…


  2. lovely piece. and the candle is a thoughtful choice of image. eve


  3. the last lines gave me chills.


  4. Very timely, on so many levels.


  5. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    “Think of Others” …..


  6. Reblogged this on Radiating Blossom ~ Flowers & Words and commented:
    Yes…please think of others, always.


  7. Peggy Farrell Schroeder says:

    Powerful in it’s simplicity….


  8. michael zahaby says:

    Very touching. It got my attention. I love his non-political poems


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