poet Nizar Qabbani

Nizar Qabbani

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In The Summer

In the summer
I stretch out on the shore
And think of you
Had I told the sea
What I felt for you,
It would have left its shores,
Its shells,
Its fish,
And followed me.


Translated by B. Frangieh And C. Brown


Submitted by Noele Aabye

Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003

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  • Castellenas JohnCastellenas John (3/20/2019 6:32:00 PM)

    A amazing poem for the sea, wandering and enjoying life.

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  • Nirmala (2/19/2019 12:25:00 AM)

    Very simple but catching

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  • Iftekhar IftiIftekhar Ifti (2/15/2019 1:13:00 PM)

    Summer is always adorable in sea-shore area

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  • Rose Marie Juan-austinRose Marie Juan-austin (12/2/2018 10:22:00 AM)

    Brilliant write in its simplicity.
    The power of love has been captured so beautifully.
    Superb imagery.

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  • Parameswaran Nair Damodaran Nair(DPN) (11/24/2018 9:43:00 AM)

    Nice.Had I told the sea what I felt for you.....it would have followed me. very good

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  • Mounir Khelifa (5/4/2018 11:44:00 PM)

    To picture the ocean leaving its bed and walking behind the love-struck poet, as a poodle would trot behind its master, is a ridiculous image

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  • Glen KappyGlen Kappy (6/5/2017 5:43:00 PM)

    lovely in its simplicity, but huge in its hyperbole. -gk

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  • Rajnish MangaRajnish Manga (6/5/2017 10:50:00 AM)

    Lovely romantic musings in the backdrop of a soothing sea-shore scene. Thanks, Nizar.

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  • Anil Kumar PandaAnil Kumar Panda (6/5/2017 5:48:00 AM)

    Very heart touching. Thanks for sharing.

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  • Nosheen IrfanNosheen Irfan (6/5/2017 3:14:00 AM)

    Simply beautiful. The ecstasy of love described so well.

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (6/5/2017 2:41:00 AM)

    Think of you. Thanks for sharing this poem with us.

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  • Bernard F. AsuncionBernard F. Asuncion (6/5/2017 12:56:00 AM)

    Think of you...... thanks for posting.....

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  • A Tannir (5/17/2016 5:37:00 PM)

    Is there a little bit of Pablo Neruda here?

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  • Barbara Kraemer (5/9/2009 2:59:00 PM)

    how can anyone use words to go beyond words? but he does.

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  • S A (8/31/2008 1:28:00 AM)

    The romance this poet convey in his poems is more the the ability of the heart to bear.

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