A poem by Adel Bishtawi

Is there a way to your heart,
Just for me,
Or wait I must,
And you shall see?

I breathe the smell of honey,
But I can only see the bee,
The song of the old wandering hearts,
Many times has been sung,
Give me a sign,
You’ll be mine,
‘Cause I really think that you should know,
I am ready to be stung,
And I don’t mind if I wait,
Like a nightless day,
Or a moonless night,
As long as the wave I want,
Is coming back,
And won’t return with the tide,
And leave me alone,
All alone behind.

If you tell me I must wait,
And again and again wait I must,
Because once I said I love you,
And I won’t stop,
Whatever you do,
I will tell you in your face,
Again and again,
That I lied.

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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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