in the presence of Absence
Mahmoud Darwish has quietly left us on Saturday 9 August 2008 after 67
years of a life jumping from one peak to another, rising higher every
time, transcending his own successes. He was a beautiful human being,
able to see what no one else can see: in life, politics, and even
people, expressing his visions in a language that seems to be made only
for him to write with. When he decided to take on this difficult surgery
we thought that he can beat death, like he did several times before… but
he, it seems, with his prophetic insight, could clearly see his “ghost
coming from afar”.
He wanted to surprise death rather than wait for the “time bomb” that
was his artery to explode unannounced… he went prepared, as he always
is, leaving us behind to “nurture hope”.