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Broken Music – By Nathalie Handal

Nathalie Handal is an award-winning poet, playwright, writer, and a cultural and literary activist. She has lived in Europe, the United States, the Caribbean, Latin America and the Arab world. She has also been involved either as a writer, director or producer in over twenty theatrical and film productions worldwide.

We leave you here to listen to one of her famous poems Broken Music


Maybe when you are ready for music
every instrument around is broken
Maybe when you are ready for freedom
your heart can no longer beat
Maybe when you grow madness
you find what you were meant to see
Maybe if you show me
how desire begs
play a tune in E minor
the slow river of wings will
reveal itself.

But it had to come to this instead:
a broken violin
the heart, unsolved
an argument with Jesus or Mohammed
—exile has its ways.
Now your breath is a flat tune
limping its way around
the wake of your mouth.


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