February 7, 2008


I discovered Marcel Khalife last year (thanks to Maat). I have to say, I am taken by him; his music, his voice, and oh my God the lyrics; courtesy of Mahmoud Darwish of course.

I would like to share this song “Oummi” with lyrics right below… I did not post the video from utube because when I first listened to the song I heard it while driving, so I advise to listen to the song while minimized and feel free to read the lyrics for easy reference.

أمي ...

أحنُّ إلى خبز أُمي
وقهوة أمي
ولمسة أُمي ..
وتكبُر في الطفولةُ
يوماً على صدر يومِ
وأعشَقُ عمرِي لأني
إذا مُتُّ,
أخجل من دمع أُمي !
خذينيِ إذا عدتُ يوماً
وشاحاً لهُدْبِكْ
وغطّي عظامي بعشب
تعمّد من طهر كعبك
وشُدي وثاقي ..
بخصلة شَعر..
بخيطٍ يلوِّح في ذيل ثوبك ..
عساني أصير ُإلهاً
إلهاً أصير..
إذا ما لمستُ قرارة قلبك !
ضعيني , إذا ما رجعتُ
وقوداً بتنور ناركْ ..
وحبل غسيل على سطح دارك
لأني فقدتُ الوقوفَ
بدون صلاة نهارك
هَرِمْتُ فردّي نجوم الطفولة
حتى أُشارك صغار العصافير
درب الرجوع .. لعُش انتظارِك!!

(من ديوان "عاشق من فلسطين" 1966)
Now isn’t this beautiful!!! I made my favorite part in bold and bigger font!

* This is to you Nana, I miss you… may you rest in peace.


mahmood said...

Insomniac, I know u r busy in the other post and i hate to rain on your party, but i have to tell u this is a heart felt poem good choice.

insomniac said...

ur not raining or anything!! actually i appreciate you took the time to read it... u should listen to it by marcel's voice... DIVINE

since u already liked my taste in music, u should try listening to him :)

thanks for stopping to read it :)

mahmood said...

who is marcel?! and oh your taste in music..don't get me started, any one who likes my main man sting, enjoys woman in red and think that your love is king is relaxing that's what i call devine.
devine taste that is.

insomniac said...

Marcel khalife... u can check the link i left right in my post for further information.

mahmood said...

Thanks, I will listen to him and as the saying goes (every time i think i'm out they bring me back inn)michael corlione part III

insomniac said...

what do we know... another Godfather fan!!!

is it a curse????

mahmood said...

Not really, actually i find it soothing to the soul, but unlike the other fellow I have a predisposition to be michael in my next life having been born and raised in south egypt sohag (sohaj that is) i think that should count for something but i will add some flair to michael such as my drinks will be shaken not stirred..!

insomniac said...

no no no... i like this post way too much to turn it into a godfather vs. james bond fan :))

wanna discuss GF or JB, join us in the other post :))))

mahmood said...

God damn it i'm now turnining into my real sensitive self.. I read it again and i almost have tears..that's beautiful in a sad way.

insomniac said...

actually reading it is only half as good as listening to it with the 3oud music!

Deeeeeee said...

I love Marcel ya insomniac, excellent taste! :)

insomniac said...

thank u D... he is brilliant as i keep saying :)