Our enemies call the piano ‘psanter’ …
How long have these psanters been striking
in the wake of the sleeping dead?
How long have they continued their transmission from
the station ‘Kol HaMusica’
while their planes shell the Southern Suburb of Beirut
and bomb a three-room home in Jabalia Camp?
that never ceased to hunt him down
to the darkness of the other bank.
that now strike with an icy drone.
He will carry on calling them in the enemy’s language
until the musical instrument desists from partaking in the crime.
‘The piano is the grandchild of the Qanun.’
This is a historical fact,
it has nothing to do with these psanters
that now slash my face with razor blades.
The occupiers do not care for stories of blood or dynasties,
to them the piano is but a foundling they call the ‘psanter’.
Sometimes I think that soldiers killed the pianists,
and generals are now playing inside the records.
Translated by Lubna Fahoum