"Like you in this field wide-open to armed archaeologists who never cease to interrogate you: Who are you? You check all your body parts and say: I am myself. They say: Where is the proof? You say: I am. They say: That is not enough. We need lack. So you say: I am both perfection and lack. They say: Say that you are a stone so we can end our excavation."

- from In the Presence of Absence by Mahmoud Darwish