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Lace By Mona Omar in English
A Lesson To Be Learned By Abir Zaki in English

Evening Whisper By Neven el-Houny in Arabic


By Mona Omar - Egypt

A bride in white
laced with love
and longing, her hair silk black
strewn with white jasmines
tender palms, hennaed feet

Incense fills the air
drums chant, hearts gallop
then, the roar of a B52
splits the night sky
rapes the white dress bloody

stains of lies
the young groom stabbed
that snake they call Freedom
this virgin wed to Death
one sad March 20th .

A Lesson To Be Learned
By Abir Zaki - Saudi Arabia

nature swam upon great waves
crashing upon eastern lands
destroying man, woman, and child
cries were heard with fearful fright
followed by silence in endless night…

a deep breath.
sunk into the fear itself
standing firmly
in “who” you are
and “what” you are
and blew to listen
that was made by your sound…

against the wind a voice was heard
in a soft whisper yet once again
enlightening of our own making
giving a lesson to guard this precious gift of life
and learn to live with each other without strife
for this disaster was made by man’s un-spoken knife…

walking by quietly
hearing the cries of choice
pausing to look
thinking how frail and breakable
a man is
in a silent tear
rolled down
and couldn’t speak.

now it is time
to let go
let this be a lesson
to those alive,
let it be a warning
and give birth to new dreams
…………………to mankind

Thank you Tsunami.

February 1,2005


همس المساء
نيفين الهوني - ليبيا

حين أتيت كان قد حل المساء .وساد السكون .وانطفأت قناديل النظر .
حين أتيت كانت بلابلي قد رحلت ويأس الانتظار فطوى دفاتره الضجر .
حين أتيت سجدت مدن الجنوب عند قدميك ورفضت أمنياتي السفر .
حين أتيت أحببتك واكتفيت بهمس المساء وضوء القمر .
حين أتيت كنت قد تمنيت رفيقا لدرب طواه الخجل .

وعندما رحلت
همست بنظري .بربك قل لي كيف سترتضى لأمسيات أخرى
أن تجى ْ باكرا دونما أكون معك .فتأتى مطفأة النجوم .
وكيف ستسمح للذكرى بان ترحل لتتناثر على التخوم .
عندما رحلت
كنت اعلم منذ البداية بان هذه اللحظة ستنتهى .
وضوء الذكرى يوما سينطفى.

وتساءلت :
لماذا يعبرنى رائع فى الحياة ويمضى صامتا.
فاعود في آخر المساء خالية الوفاض.



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