"Now, when you awaken, remember the swan’s last
dance. Did you dance with cherubs while
you were dreaming? Did the butterfly illuminate you
when it burned with the eternal light of the rose? Did
the phoenix appear to you clearly…and did it call you
by name? Did you see the dawn rise
out of your beloved’s fingers? And did you touch the dream
by hand, or did you let the dream dream alone,
when you became aware of your absence suddenly?
Tell me how you lived your dream
in some place, and I’ll tell you who you are"
— Mahmoud Darwish, from “Now, When You Awaken, Remember” (tr. by Fady Joudah), in The Butterfly’s Burden. Copper Canyon Press, 2006