Parting Words: The Poetry Of Mahmoud Darwish Host Andrea Seabrook remembers the Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish, who died Saturday at the age of 67. Darwish was known as a critic of Palestinian leadership and of the Israeli occupation of his homeland. His poems addressed the Palestinian experience of exile.
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Parting Words: The Poetry Of Mahmoud Darwish

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ANDREA SEABROOK, host:

Parting words tonight from celebrated Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish. He died today in Houston at age 67, two days after heart surgery. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas had declared three days of national mourning.

Darwish has been called the heart and tongue of his people. He wrote a poem in an Israeli jail more than 40 years ago. It is called "Umi," or "My Mother." Lebanese singer Marcel Khalife put the poem to music. It's an anthem for many Palestinians.

(Soundbite of song, "Umi")

Mr. MARCEL KHALIFE (Singer): (Singing)

SEABROOK: I long for my mother's bread and my mother's coffee and her touch. Childhood memories grow up in me day after day. I must be worthy of my life at the hour of my death worthy of the tears of my mother.

(Soundbite of song, "Umi")

Mr. MARCEL KHALIFE (Singer): (Singing)

SEABROOK: And that's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Andrea Seabrook. Have a good night.

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