The great poet Nizar Qabbani (1923-1998) could make you fall in love with the power of words. Nizar was born in Damascus, Syria and was one of the most popular Arabic-language poets of the twentieth century, well-known for his focus on love. The suicide of his older sister, Wissal Qabbani, was also one of the reasons for the many love poems that Nizar wrote. Wissal couldn’t marry the man she loved, so she decided that life had no point for her.
One of his poems, Die on my Chest
‘I have given you the opportunity to choose
so choose whether to die on my chest
or on the pages of my poetry.’