My Olive Tree – Arabic Calligraphy Art by Kamil Dow

My Olive Tree – Arabic Calligraphy Art by Kamil Dow

Year
2008

Size
70×100 cm (27.6"×39.4")

Materials
acrylic, gouache and ink on paper

Arabic calligraphy text (English)

O woodcutter chopping the branches of my olive tree / Scram! You will never get at my roots / My olive tree! / Who says it was desiccated by death? / The roots are throbbing alive in my plundered earth.
—Hanna Abu Hanna

Arabic calligraphy text (Arabic)

يا حاطب الأغصان من زيتونتي / أقصِرْ فإنّك لن تطول جذوري / زيتونتي! / من قال أيبسها الرّدى / والجذر حيٌّ في الثّرى المغدور.
—حنا أبو حنا