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In Memory of Samīħ al-Qāsim
(May 11, 1939 - August 19, 2014)

The day I’m killed my killer will find tickets in my pockets: One to peace, one to fields and the rain, and one to humanity’s conscience.
I beg you—please don’t waste them. I beg you, you who kill me: Go.
—Samīħ al-Qāsim, “Tickets,” Sadder Than Water: Selected Poems ( Ibis Editions, 2006)

In Memory of Samīħ al-Qāsim

(May 11, 1939 - August 19, 2014)

The day I’m killed
my killer will find
tickets in my pockets:
One to peace,
one to fields and the rain,
and one
to humanity’s conscience.

I beg you—please don’t waste them.
I beg you, you who kill me: Go.

Samīħ al-Qāsim, “Tickets,” Sadder Than Water: Selected Poems ( Ibis Editions, 2006)