Tuesday, December 05, 2006

To Iraq, with love...

"Al Pacino: Okay here are these lines, repeat after me: "I don't want your money, I want your bookie's fucking money."
Matthew McCoughney: "I don't want your money, I want your bookie's money."
Al Pacion: You didn't say fuck. Is that a religious thing?
McCoughney: No, I just don't like saying it.
Pacino: You've a lot to learn. I can't feel your frustration, your pain that you have to share with me. You have to say fuck, man - let me know that you share my confusion."
This is a poem I received yesterday, I made some modifications here and there. I'm not much a poetic spirit so I translated it as I see fit, sometime sticking to meaning but occasionally trying to rhyme, I hope the meaning was kept intact.
p.s. Ladies'd better shy away now.
ك* اخت العراق البيه تربينه بي ما شفنا راحة و لا تهنينه
لا شفنه الفرح لا عشنه مثل الناس بس ضيم و قهر و امراض حط بينه
من ك* اخت العراق البيه تربينه
ك* اخت العراق الديح اولاده ما راد اليحبه و عشك جلاده
نزل بينا كل ضيم الله و عباده و خله الدنيا كلهه تشمت بينه
ك* اخت العراق البيه تربينه
ك* اخت العراق الما حفظ روحه يومية سرة يزتتنا للوحه
ناس اتفجرت و ناس مذبوحه جن واحد عدل و تشك مصارينه
من ك* اخت العراق البيه تربينه
ك* اخت العراق, و ك* اخت كاعه جن مركب جبير و ضايع اشراعه
اعمى و كطعوارجلينه و ذراعه لا بيه يكوم لا يزحف على ايدينه
ك* اخت الوطن البيه تربينه
ك* اخت العراق, وناسه, وترابه ما اريدك بعد تطلبني بطلابه
كاع اصبحت و اليحكمهه سلابه و كلهه تريد منه و ياهو يطينه
ك* اخت العراق البيه تربينه
ك* اخت العراق شماله و جنوبه لا صورة البقتله و لاله جرجوبه
كل ركعة شبر متخيطه بثوبه صدك يا ربي تقبل هذا تالينه
ك* اخت العراق البيه تربينه
ع*ر ب*يز العراق و طاح حظ الكراد الشيعه و السنة تناطحت و انا*ت بغداد
زمايل مكيفة بتاريخهه و الامجاد مثل النعامة الدافنة راسهه بطينة
من ك* اخت العراق البيه تربينه
ك* اخت الوطن اللزربته امريكا و كل الدول رادت وصلة من لكيكة
فرح بينا العدو و كلمن رفع بيكه اذا طاح الكوي تكثر سجاجينه
ك* اخت العراق البيه تربينه
ك* اخت العراق الماله كل ميزة يا ريس يجيه يني*ه من *يزه
لعب ويانه لعبة طم الخريزة كلساعه يضمهه ويضحك علينه
من ك* اخت العراق البيه تربينه
عراق النشامى من جاهم حيدرة كدامه صفكوا عفطوله من ورة
ابنه صدكهم انذبحت معشره بس صدام النه كل يوم خارينه
ك* اخت وجه العراق البيه التربينه
Fuck Iraq, the country in which we were raised
No comfort have we seen, never we were at peace
never like normal people, never we were at ease
A whirlwind of misery, bitterness and disease
So Fuck Iraq, The country of which you are so pleased
Fuck Iraq, and fuck every part of this crap
Like a large wooden boat which has long lost its map
Like a blind man with chopped legs and arms snapped
It cannot stand up, forever falling on its face
so Fuck Iraq, the country in which we were born and raised

Fuck Iraq, fuck its people and its land
I don't want anymore of its plegdes and commands
A people that are and ruled by thieves, bandits and gangs
Nobody lifts his finger, but yet everyone demands
So fuck the country of the two rivers and sand
Fuck Iraq, fuck its north and its south
Not an image has remained and not even a shambling poster
Every inch of its cloth is ragged and wretched
Like a beggar awaiting rain with a dirty, open mouth
Fuck Iraq, the country which never did I doubt

Fuck Iraq and fuck these goddamn Kurds
Sunnis and Shiites fight while Baghdad is burned
Donkeys who bray about history and its mirth
Like an Ostrich which buried its head in the earth
Oh FUCK the country in which we've been given birth

Fuck this country, which America gnarled and ate
And now everybody wants a share of the cake
Raise your glasses, the loot is at stake
And when the strong falls, the prey becomes the snake
Fuck this country in which we were born and raised
Fuck Iraqis, who failed the Imam alive
but after he's long passed, they mourn for their own crime
His son bought their words, they fled in time of might
Only the iron fits us, so let Saddam feed us shite
So please fuck this country may it get out of my sight

34 comments:

Tsedek said...

But, you don't actually mean that. That's just hurt....

baka janai said...

kisama ..
خربحظ هالشاعر الاثول
مبين عليه محشش من الثورة
مو همة ذولة لو مو هيجي شعورهم مجانوا خربوا العراق منصدك

Zeyad said...

LOL

nadia n said...

i find this offensive as a lady who happens to cuss a lot.

Bruno said...

Whew. Somebody's pissed off, that's for sure.

hala_s said...

People are the product of their circumstances kid.
Let alone their natural inclination to go wild when they have a chance to.
Imagine any country in the world without law and order for one day, even the most advanced, you will be shocked.
Our problem is that we have social and educational backwardness. and this goes even for the period before Saddam.
We were never taught to love our country or respect laws.

If you don't invest in people, don't expect them to do anything positive. unfortunately we don't carry patriotsm in our genes.
And just to let you know, no one will die for his/her country not only Iraqis.

I respect your anger and frustration, it is natural and we all feel the same one way or another. A feeling of betrayal and disappointment.
You swear, others cry. Things are so out of hand and hopeless.

Still, the poem, I am not sure if we can even call it that; reminds me of chat shows and stand-up comedians in here, they swear to attract attention, and you don't need that, you write beatifully and always have a point.
I can see your answer to my comment "I don't care". But you do and I do and that is why we are writing.

Konfused Kid said...

Yes, it reminds me of a lame ICP song called "F*** The World". But such constant swearing is very normal in western media, what makes this poem better is that you don't usually see such things from hypocritical Iraqis.

It is exaggerated, but in some ways it is very true.

Anonymous said...

Tislem Cucu, Amazing, Great, Magnificent, Excellent and no it was not exaggerated, books like it can be written, and even without repeating any lines

Anonymous said...

Seems to me Iraq has already been well and truly f***ed. Traumatized as a any rape victim. And before the healing can begin, Iraq must escape the pimps that hold her hostage....

Kathleen said...

Hi Kid,
I am a mother of a 16 year old boy in Washington State USA. I found Sunshine's blog page from her responding to my blog one day. Then I found you. I have never written you but everyday I look to see what you have to say.
I am sick about what has happened to your country and what we have done to contribute to the situation. I understand your frustration and admire your artful way of expressing how you feel. You are very smart and have a gift of expression. In America F*** is the worst thing you can say about anything or to anyone which it makes it very fitting for you in your writing.
I want you to know your voice is heard. Keep writing.
I am very worried about Sunshine and her mother because they have not written in a long time. If you see her please tell her we worry and miss her.
Kathleen

code_inferno said...

funny you put "*" for the "kos" w0rd which was in arabic while the F word you didnt "*" it ;)
again one thing does "kos ukhut" mean tha F word!! cos "kos" means "pussy" and "ukhut" is sister!! so it will be "sister's pussy" :lol:

peace bro,
from the shit_hole =D

Konfused Kid said...

If u know anything about translation u'd know that sometimes a literal translation is the worst one, for example :Abu Dera ---> Father of Armor?!? Sometimes u have to replace the word with the thing that it feels like.

fuck, is the most commonly used swear word in English, so it's easily the best translation for Ko$$, the most commonly used Arabic fashoora.

Ta-da

annie said...

ok i am totaly w/zeyad on this one. my first reaction

LOL

let it all hang out

thanks for translating for us. my favorite part.. very similar to something i wrote @ 24's earlier today

Fuck this country, which America gnarled and ate
And now everybody wants a share of the cake
Raise your glasses, the loot is at stake
And when the strong falls, the prey becomes the snake


sometimes you just have to express what you feel.
you are one brave soul
hats off to you

rebelBodhi said...

check out mine,
http://usterrorism.blogspot.com/

nadia n said...

the thing about profanity though is you have to either get creative with it or just go into graphic detail creating a gross visual if you want it to be effective, otherwise you just sound like a thirteen year old that just discovered the "eff word". you can do quite a great deal to offend people without using the traditional "bad" words.

i agree with hala though, i think deep down you care and you're just reacting to your environment. if i was living in jordan or saudi i'd be saying the same things, but i'm not so i just make fun of neocons and rednecks.

annie said...

you can do quite a great deal to offend people without using the traditional "bad" words.

nadia n, i really appreciate straight talk, just saying it right how it appears in your mind. completely raw. i think when we are feeling raw we aliegn ourself to whatever/ however the expression comes. if people always waited til they are able to refine their expression we would not have evidence of the origin of feeling. this is where some of the greatest art comes from. most of us learn at an early age how to stiffle this expression for it is a threat to refinement. this is how we are assimilated into 'civilized' culture.

once when i was having a rare argument w/my son (when he was about 7) after much pussyfooting around w/out success he let out a stream of obscenities that was shocking in its expression and i totally 'got' how deep his feeling were for i knew otherwise he would never have resorted to this.

in this way, i respect people who are able to cast conformity to the wind , shed all inhibition and say what they feel. in this case, kid let the poet speak for him. i applaud his honesty.

nadia n said...

oh i agree. i tend not to bullshit, it tends to gets me in a lot of trouble.

it's just that people say fuck so often people tend to forget what they're saying.
like if some kid says some show is gay i'll be like 'when did you see it have sex with the other homosexual tv shows'.
there are plenty of ways to say fuck something without using the word fuck that are way more offensive and disturbing. it's the delivery as well as content.
ie which line did you find more effective "fuck me" or "i'd cut my arm and my penis off if..."

obviously i'm not saying don't do it, just commenting on style cause i'm procrastinating right now.

quite frankly i don't know what the fuck youre talking about so i'll assume you are bored like me :)

annie said...

which line did you find more effective "fuck me" or "i'd cut my arm and my penis off if..."

ouch, remind me never to get near you in an argument! i see your point clearly now nadia n.

lisa said...

it hurt me to read it, but i thought it was a great poem somehow.

thank you for sharing it.

i know what you mean- it seems real.

i hear all these idiot people on tv talking about xyz, and i see pictures of people dying, and there's a disconnect between the two. the poem seems closer to what's real, not talk.

that was a great translation, as well.

best regards,

lisa

Anonymous said...

yes this guy he said the truth , we are now the most stupid people in this plane, we don't know what we want, and we are dumasses too, we forget every think about Saddam how he smash Iraqis and now when Americans came and removed this murder and made this great system of election we star complaining, why? because we have brain damage. Iran Mullah, Saudi Whabbi and Bath party convened us to refused this government

Anonymous said...

صحيح كل الحجي مالته لان العراقي اصبح الان اغبى انسان بالعالم
لان فاك حلكه الايران والملالي وللسعوديه والوهابيه وللبعثيه الصداميين

Anonymous said...

hi..
I'm iraqi girl who never lived in iraq only when i was 1 y old then we traveled.. i'm now 18 y old and were living with hope that iraq will be better to we go back..
i think we were wrong all these years.. we didn't live our life normaly becouse we had hope that we go back to iraq..
and when i say iraq and iraq people
and how they talk to me.. and u know they said " yeah u r coming here to show off" they really dont know how we love iraq and how we feel like shit out side it but now i just wanna say F*** Iraq!!

Your poem were more than nice but i didnt like F*** word at the beginning but after reading it all i saw that there are no word can place it :) so its awsome.. i wish that u continue writing poems..

(Sorry for my bad english.. if u like to answer me or anything go to youtube and search for (me by name) missyouiraq (or maybe better to change it fuckyouiraq hahaha))

Anonymous said...

Lol...I wanna get outta this shit hole!
Great job in translation bro! God bless!!

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