19.7.06

Go to hell, Lebanon will stay

(This is a translation of a touching post in Arabic by our dear friend, Eve, who like many bloggers on this Forum is in Lebanon, braving the terror of the Israeli offensive there...)

The raids yesterday exceeded thirty. I toss on my bed. The counting exhausts me. My tossing is almost in synch with the repetitive rhythm of explosions. For a while I imagine that I am no longer shaking with their roar. It’s been four nights now, four nights and I don’t want to sleep, and sleep in turn doesn’t want me. Four nights and the call to prayer at dawn finds me awake… When its sound mingles with the chatter of the nearby Dahyeh suburbs and the noise of my thoughts, sleep sits at the edge of my bed, and we go on chatting for what is left of the morning hours…

Ambulances, the panting of the TV, the voice of the newscaster sobbing at this very instance. It is all in the background. I look at them picking up the corpses. They say they burnt alive. Somehow, I smell burnt flesh.

I walk constantly. I can’t sit for long. I turn around myself. I look through the window. I look above. “God, love us a little. A little more!”

I want my silly life back. I want to get back to my desk that’s drowning under translation papers. I want to wake up in the morning and mull over what dress to wear. I want to match the color of my makeup and the color of my skirt. I want to go back to writing frivolous posts about love… To organizing the trip to Italy again… To tease the fans of Germany for the loss of their soccer team… To execute my postponed project with Maysoun… To go and take pictures of Beirut , Beirut smiling… To enjoy quarreling with my colleague at the office… To dance with Rima… To get angry at Wadih… To make you understand that I am not budging from here, whether we are at peace or at war, in festivities or in silence… And you’ll smile because you know that I won’t budge.

The world is silent. The losses, we have stopped counting them. Some are busy pointing the fingers of blame. And in the midst of all this? The lighthouse, the port, the bridge, the stone, the word, Fairouz, the airport, the child under the rubble, Beirut, Sidon, Tyre, el-Jiyyeh, Tripoli, Baalbeck, Chtura, el-Naqoura, and Lebanon! And Lebanon ! And Lebanon …

And the human being.

And the remaining human being whose voice rises, between one hit and another, whose voice rises, “Let Fairouz go back to Baalbeck!”

Lebanon, green beautiful Lebanon… What rape is this… What rape…

8 Comments:

At Wednesday, July 19, 2006 3:59:00 PM, Blogger Inf said...

israel doesnt want lebanon not to stay, israel wants hizbollah not to stay. that's it.

 
At Wednesday, July 19, 2006 4:10:00 PM, Blogger BeefStu said...

A short post about Lebanese bloggers by an American blogger, Roger Simon:

"Hey, what'd we do?" - the cry of the Starbuck's revolutionaries

 
At Wednesday, July 19, 2006 9:02:00 PM, Blogger Eve said...

thx my dear arch :)

 
At Thursday, July 20, 2006 1:40:00 AM, Blogger lebanese_student said...

amazing words, so touching...thanks so much for translating

 
At Thursday, July 20, 2006 5:06:00 AM, Blogger arch.memory said...

Don't mention it; it's always a pleasure to translate such beautiful writing, even when heart-wrenching!

 
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