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Love crazed, Wars.. in Arabic antiquity poems

Posted on: May 22, 2015

 

 

Love crazed, Wars.. in antiquity Arabic poems

Loving crazily Leila

I see us in my daydream: 2 gazelles

Peacefully grazing, in the distant pastures of Hawzan

I see us in the desert: 2 pigeons flying back to our nest

Two fish in the waves of the great sea

I see us together in the tomb.

Retreated far away from the world

We will watch a new life resuscitated.

The universe reunited, the meeting eternal

Majnun Layla (Qays ibn Mullawa3) was denied his wedding with cousin Leila and died very young.

After his death, the legend says that this poet was recognized as the poet laureate of the tribe.

 

War as described by Zuhair ibn Abi salma

War is what you have witnessed

It’s not a conjecture

As you ignite war, it surges abominable

As little you excite for war, war flares up

Out of control

War will grind you to the bones

Twice ignited per year, war will produces twins

As sinister as the red star Aad

The more you breastfeed these twins

The more devastated  and laid to waste are the villages in Iraq.

Zuhair ibn Abi Salma lived long and witnessed the emergence of Islam.

He is famous for the opening line:

When you live to be 80, without a father, you are doomed to boredom”

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