A poem by Adel Bishtawi

If I had a billion hearts,
And you had a single one,
I’d love you a billion times,
And a billion more before I’m done.

But I have only a single heart,
That’s anxious for your dare,
Just whisper you want to twine,
And the loving billions you prefer.

If I had a billion lips,
And you had a single pair,
I’ll kiss you a billion times,
With the softest touch and care.
But I’ve for you just two lips,
When you think of a billion ways,
You’ll have them all with eyes closed,
And just one more with a wild stare.

If I had a billion nests,
There’ll be only a single bird,
Dream as wildly as you can,
Then take my hand and lead me on,
To a billion beds that we will share.

Credit image: Sonia D., private share

The reach of this poem was more than 56,000.

About the author

Adel Bishtawi

Adel S (Said) Bishtawi was born in Nazareth, Palestine, 1945. He read English Literature at Damascus University, attended short courses of familiarisation of languages including Latin, German and Russian, and attended a course in Linguistics at the Central London Polytechnic.

Adel published more than 20 books in both English and Arabic. the last of which is Only When Desire Screams co-authored by Selvi Sado. A journalist since the late 1960s, he became Front Page Editor of Al Arab Newspaper (London), the first pan Arab Newspaper launched in Europe. In 1978, he joined Jihad Al Khazin in launching Asharq Al Awsat Newspaper (London) as Business and Supplements Editor. In 1980, he was appointed Central Managing Editor of the Emirates News Agency in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. In 1988, he joined Jamil Mrowa (who later re-launched the Daily Star in Beirut in 1996) in London for the re-launch of Al Hayat Newspaper and continued under the editorship of Jihad Al Khazin until he left in April 2001 to dedicate what is left of his time to literary and historical writing. as well as investigating origins by means of historical and etymological linguistics.

Adel produced and co-produced a number of TV documentaries. He produced, directed and wrote “Muslims along the Silk Road”, a five part-60-minutes-each documentary tracing Muslim culture and heritage and the legacy of Muslim pioneers and merchants along the Silk Road starting from China.

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