You will be blessed with the overwhelming beauty of the secretive valley of 'Marj El-Ouyoune'
blended with the majestic mountain of 'Jabal El-Sheikh', humming the silence of the neighboring village of Kafarkella, and the towns of Jdeidet Marjeyoun and Hasbaya...
[Extraction below entitled the 'South' is taken from 'Lebanon Poems of Love and War' by Nadia Tueni
- translated from French by Samuel Hazo and Paul B. Kelley]
you are a window opened by a sudden storm.
you are warm as an ancestor,
anxious as a hostage. South,
you are my geography against change. Fragile as a great love,
you dominate like a conquistador
the solar shades of Beaufort Castle.
your gentle terrain holds turbulent men
who are great landownwers, weathered farmers,
intimates of tobacco, sheperds and craftsmen,
precious earth-dreamers whom dogma banishes
but who are the alpha and omega of an era.
I would like to promise you homeland
and opulent gardens around the Litani,
to write with words of love on your tortured body,
to offer your children a Lebanese sun.