School of Love-By Nizar Qabbani-Poems

Dedication

This poem is dedicated to every woman in Hubpages,

To every loving lady, to everyone who lost a friend or gained one,

And to my jewel: Jacqui...

School of Love:

Your love taught me how to grieve,

And for centuries I needed a woman to make me grieve,

I needed a woman

To make me cry on her shoulders like a bird,

I needed a woman to collect my pieces like broken glass.

 

Oh my lady, your love taught me the worst of my habits,

It taught me how to drink coffee a thousand times every night,

It taught me how to visit doctors and ask soothsayers,

It taught me to go out to scan the streets,

To seek your face in the rain and in the lights,

To chase your shadow in the faces of strangers,

To hunt your aura even in the newspapers!

 

Your love showed me the sadness city,

Which I have never entered ere you,

I have never known that the tear is humane,

And the human without tears is just a memory!

 

Your love taught me

How to draw your face on the walls with chalk like kids,

It taught me how love can change the map of times,

It taught me that when I love,

The earth stands still!

 

Your love showed me what hallucination is,

It taught me how to love you in every little thing,

In the bare, autumn trees,

In the falling, yellow leafs,

In the rain,

In every cafeteria in which we drank our black coffee,

 

My lady, your love taught me to sleep in nameless hotels,

And to sit by nameless shores,

It taught me to weep without tears,

 

Your love taught me how to grieve,

And for centuries I needed a woman to make me grieve,

I needed a woman

To make me cry on her shoulders like a bird,

I needed a woman to collect my pieces like broken glass,

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Tracy 20 months ago

It's about time soemnoe wrote about this.


Jaylin 21 months ago

That takes us up to the next level. Great poistng.


DONT SMELL THE CURTAINS!!! *dramatic hair flip* 6 years ago

Ohhh...shamelabboush..............(are you a boy or a girl, i dont care, im just wondering) ..............I dislike your purpleness!


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shamelabboush 7 years ago Author

Thanks bunchee, you too ;), you know this is for you right?


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Bunchee 7 years ago from Dubai, UAE

my first thought was very superficial... but then again, when I re-read it, it's very sweet... every girl should have a guy like you :-) :-)


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shamelabboush 7 years ago Author

dohn121, appreciate your nice comment.


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shamelabboush 7 years ago Author

Glad to know that Sharing Insight :) Thanks


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

I like how you wrapped this one up. Great job on imagery.


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Sharing Insight 7 years ago

B e a u t i f u l...definitely a 'keeper' hub to

re-visit Shamel...

:)


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shamelabboush 7 years ago Author

Thanks a lot dear :) Appreciate your lovely and sweet comments.


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Peggy W 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

She should be pleased that you dedicated this poem to her. I'm happy for you that this is not in memoriam for her! The poem could be interpreted that way...grieving for a wonderful lost love...seeing her image in places where once coffee was shared, etc.

OK if Jacqui is choosey as long as she chooses YOU! Correct? LOL


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shamelabboush 7 years ago Author

hi dear Peggy, this is the true love! it's the bittersweet, the ecstatic pain for the sake of the beloved one whether a friend, a mother, or a wife... I hope jacqui will like it bcz she's little bit choosey :)


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Peggy W 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

Oh shamelabboush,

This is beautiful and at the same time sad. Is the grief in this poem in memory of Jacqui?

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