The Sparrow

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the sparrow artwork collaboration with Croatian artists; Visnja Mihatov Baric 
is inspired by Marcel Khalife's song Asfour/Sparrow.
The front artwork symbolizes the girl who is conversing with the sparrow.
The words imprinted on the back: 
"She 
said “Where are your feathers?”
“Fate took care of them,” he said.


Marcel Khalife is a Lebanese composer, singer and oud player
 and became famous all over the world for songs like 
Ummi, Rita w'al-Bunduqiya and Jawaz al-Safar, based on Mahmoud Darwish's poetry.



Asfour song translated:
Link to listen: 
Oceanvs orientalis vs. oumeima el khalil- asfour

A sparrow stood at my window.
And said “Oh, little one.
Hide me with you
I beg you.”
I said, “Where are you from?”
“From the limits of the sky,” he said.
I said “Where did you come from?”
“From the neighbor’s house” he answered.
I said, “What are you afraid of?”
“I escaped from the cage”, he said
I said “What are your feathers?”
“Fate took care of them,” he said.
A tear fell on his cheek.
His wings tucked underneath him,
He landed on the ground and said
“I want to walk, but I can’t.”
I held him to my heart,
Hurting from his wounds
Before he finally broke out of his jail
He broke his voice and his wings

I said, “Do not fear,
See the sun rising?”
He looked toward the forest
Saw the tides of freedom glitter,
He saw wings flutter
Beyond the high gates.
He saw the forest flying.
On the wings of freedom.

(c) Marcel Khalife


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