Monday, July 29, 2013

I Am Not Far Away From You

Don’t reckon that
I am far away from you.
Each evening,
After the moon gets drowsy
And the stars are drugged,
I sleep in your arms
And I place under your pillow
Happy dreams.
When the sun wakes up 
With you in escort,
I sit with your cup of coffee
And watch my Father,
As he hugs your glimpse
Then I carry your handbag
And sit in the passenger seat
Wiping your eyeglasses lenses.
I am present among the
Rows of your students,
Looking at you. I day dream
Listening to the music of your words
And with excitement I wipe
With my spirit’s handkerchief
The silver drops
Of your perspiration
I live with you all,
I am not alone.
I am not far away from you.

Your daughter “Samar”

By Loay Hussein Taha

Translated from Arabic by Lina R. Hamadeh

Monday, July 22, 2013

Friday Rendez Vous Hymns

I wait for you with immense love and longing
To recite suras from the Quran
And as usual celebrate
Our Friday rendez vous.

For you I covered my grave with jasmine
And on its walls
Hung your face
And from my soul lit up
A candle for you.

On the side of my grave
I wove for you
A seat from veins
So that you can sit
And not get tired
And not leave me quickly.

Yesterday, Thursday night
The moon whispered to me
About my brother “Omar”
And my beloved “Qadar”
And my “Father”.
I felt at peace
And on the shirt of my cheek
A tear of joy dropped ..
I wait for you with lovers’ eagerness
Knowing that our rendez vous
Will be superb.

I wait for you Mother …Samar

Loay Hussein Taha
Translated from Arabic by Lina R. Hamadeh

Friday, July 19, 2013

Reading Log for Magazine Article #2

Name and Date of Magazine: Newsweek , November 27/2000.
Name of Article: Shootout in the Sun
Author of Article: Evan Thomas, Michael Isikoff

Summary of Article: The article describes the year 2000 presidential election in the U.S.A. The article displays how the two candidates are dealing with this interminable election,and how the democrats are finding ways to manipulate the law on their favor. It also describes  Al Gore and George W. Bush's attitude and behavior as they are waiting for Florida's precious votes. This article describes what the Americans think about all this chaos. One main point in this article is that the broadcasting stations in the U.S.A. are making this issue larger than it is, and that  they are turning it into a soap opera.
Photographs/Illustrations/Maps: The phtographs of this article didn't compliment the article a lot, because they only showed a few photographs, and they were useless regarding a better understanding of the article. They complimented the article a bit by showing us a map that shows how many votes each candidate has. Altogether, the photographs didn't explain the article well enough. The photographs weren't very necessary, because as I said they didn't explain the article well enough, and the author was very descriptive in his writing. More photographs would have been helpful for a better understanding of the article, because there weren't enough pictures and the author was talking about politics, which needed to be explained thoroughly in words as well as pictures.
Comment: I didn't enjoy the article a lot, because it wasn't very interesting and I felt the article was interminable. I didn't enjoy reading this article as much as I enjoyed reading the last one. The article provided me with some new information, but not a lot, because I saw most of it on television. Some of that information I learned was that the democrats were trying to manipulate the law on their favour, and that Al Gore is trying to forget about the election on the weekend by having a social life. It was a good article that provides someone who doesn't have a clue about the election with a lot of new and interesting information. It was a good article that most people would read, because they used very sophisticated words such as republican, senate, etc. What I would like to learn more about this article is, why it is taking the U.S.A. such a long time to decide such an easy decision? The parts of the article, which could've been omitted, were the parts when they talked about what Florida was doing to decide this decision. I liked the parts about the candidates' personal lives the most, because I realized that the candidates actually have a life like you and me, and that they don't obsess over the election like others do. I think the parts, which the authors were talking about Florida's decision, should've been omitted, because I felt the author didn't explain himself thoroughly and he didn't say what they were doing to decide their decision. I think that the authors should've added that A l Gore is a sore loser, and that he is the one that made this problem and the one making it bigger than it actually is. The article was fine, but it wasn't excellent.
By: Samar Al Ansari

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Her Birthday

Her heart pulses with love and giving; every day is her birthday and every moment underlines her being.  The skies light up the sun for her in the mornings and the moon in the evenings.
The birthday holds the flavors of joy, hope and joy and today I am a messenger carrying this message from Samar gifting you these letters on your birthday..

On the ceiling of the sky
I hung the pulse of my spirit.
The bells play their chimes.
For you “My Mother”
I rearranged the clouds’ furniture
And on the clouds
I built you a throne
That competes with Balqis’s,
And decorated the graves’ walls                    
With stars and planets glitter,
And from the falls of my hair
I wove a carpet
With infinite passion.
Today the angels and I will come
To celebrate your birthday
Mother …
Today you are Queen
Your crown is love,
Your throne from
The nectar of feelings.
“With each pulse, you are my Mother”
“Full of love, that’s you, my Mother.”

 “Your beloved Samar”

The messenger of letters “Loay Taha
Translated from Arabic by Lina R. Hamadeh

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

شهر رمضان أتى يا سمر -اعادة نشر

شهر رمضان أتى يا سمر، ليتك معنا تفرحين
والبشرى لصديقاتك بقدومه، تزفين
فكم كنتِ سعيدة لأن الشهر ستصومين
وكم كنتِ إلى هذا الشهر الفضيل تتطلعين
أمي رمضان أجمل الأشهر" كنت ترددين"
أحب الذهاب إلى التراويح لأصلي وتصلين"
وأمي على صلاة الفجر أيقظيني عندما تنهضين
"لأقرأ القرآن وأصلي وأدعو لرب العالمين
كم كنت تأتي إلى المطبخ يا حبيبتي وتنادين
اتركي كل شيء حتى المسلسل معي تشاهدين"
"ولاحقا سآتي لمساعدتك لنجهز الطعام كما تريدين
من سيأكل المأكولات التي تحبينها يا سمر وتشتهين
والتمر السعودي اللذيذ الذي غيره لا ترغبين؟
الشاي يا حبيبتي بعد الإفطار، كنت لي تقدمين
"وتسأليني" أتريدين فنجان القهوة الآن أم تنتظرين؟
ها هو رمضان أتى وأنت يا حبيبتي من الراحلين
كيف ستكون حالتي يا ابنتي وأنت لا تشاركين؟
وكيف سأجلس على مائدة الإفطار وأنت لا تجلسين؟
!سمر! أراك حزينة وكأنك تقولين "أمي كم تتألمين
دموعي سأذرفها من السماء لأجلك يا أغلى الغاليين
وسأكون على يمينك بالإفطار والسحور أجمعين
ليس المهم أن تريني ولكن الأهم أنك بي تشعرين
رمضان صعب عليك أكثر من باقي الصائمين
ولكن مزيدا من الصبر إن شاء الله يا أمي ستنالين
"صدقيني أمي لن ينساك ربي، رب العالمين

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