I Love You

from Lost In Translation by Omar Offendum

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Singing excerpts from Nizar Qabbani’s seminal poem “I Love You, I Love You, & the Rest Will Come” :: http:// www.nizariat.com/poetry.php?id=285

lyrics

Nizar Qabbani verses:

دعيني أصب لك الشاي، هل قلت إني أحبك؟
هل قلت إني سعيدٌ لأنك جئت
وأن حضورك يسعد مثل حضور القصيده
ومثل حضور المراكب، والذكريات البعيده..

أكرر للمرة الألف أني أحبك

دعيني أقول بكل اللغات التي تعرفين
والتي لا تعرفين
أحبك أنت..
دعيني أفتش عن مفرداتٍ..
تكون بحجم حنيني إليك..
وعن كلماتٍ.. تغطي مساحة نهديك..
بالماء، والعشب، والياسمين
دعيني أفكر عنك..
وأشتاق عنك..
وأبكي، وأضحك عنك..
وألغي المسافة بين الخيال وبين اليقين..

أأعجبك الشاي؟

Translation:

Allow me to pour you some tea
Have I told you that I love you?
Have I told you that I am happy you arrived?
And that your presence astounds me
Like the arrival of a poem
And like the arrival of ships
Carrying memories of loved ones from afar ...

Allow me to say it in every language
Those which you understand ... and those which you don’t
I love you.
Allow me to find the vocabulary
That is suitable enough to capture my affection for you
And to find the words
That can cover the expanse of your bosom
with water & herb & jasmine
Allow me ...
Allow me to think about you & long for you & cry & laugh for you
And close the gap between imagination & certainty

Allow me to pour you some tea
Have I said that I love you?
Have I said that I am happy that you arrived? And that your presence astounds me
Like the arrival of a poem
And like the arrival of ships
And Memories from afar
And Memories ...
Allow me to say it in Every language
Those which you understand ... and those you don’t I love you.

“Did you enjoy the tea?”

credits

from Lost In Translation, released September 14, 2020
Lyrics by Nizar Qabbani & performed by Omar Offendum
Music produced / mixed by Thanks Joey & David Sahar

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Omar Offendum Los Angeles, California

Omar Offendum is a rapper / poet based in Los Angeles. Known for his unique blend of Hip-Hop & Arabic poetry, he has been featured on prominent world news outlets, lectured at a number of prestigious academic institutions, and helped raise millions of dollars for various humanitarian relief groups. Offendum was recently named a Kennedy Center Citizen Artist Fellow for 2018 / 2019. ... more

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