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Ousted by None but the Night

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Ousted by None but the Night

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Ousted by None but the Night   
Arabic Poem by: Adnan Abu Andalus*
Translated by:
Inaam Al-Hashimi (Gold_n_silk)
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The dusty street is bare 
Darkness there and the horizon  
As if, the night was sprinkling fear
Nothing there
But a policeman followed like a ghost
A street cat  
A wailing ambulance 
All where time is open for running
 Endlessly

Who would stroll in the range of bullets?
To come back in the morrow like a spinning top
Without a head?
 
 Who would walk alone?
 And fly off with the meekness of the past
 In Baghdad’s night?

Who would believe that AlZawraa held her lungs 
And ousted the breath of her patrons?
And that “Abu Nawas” replaced  
His last glass of wine
With a cup of black coffee?

Shahriar uttered it 
To protest shampoo ads!
Scheherazade wore the veil 
Bad boys of the night 
Shunned flirting with girls
In the Girls Street.
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Translated December, 2012
 By: Em. Prof. Inam Al-Hashimi
USA
* Adnan Abu Andalus is a poet from Iraq
from his poetry collection  “The Smell of Doomsday”

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 1 Knowing some of the history of ancient Baghdad may be helpful in facilitating better understanding of the poem. Baghdad was famous as the center place of the “Arabian nights” or the "Thousand and One Nights Tales" where Scheherazade, night after night, told the king Shahryar a different tale of romance and adventure to keep him from killing her in the morning.. Ancient Baghdad, nicknamed "AlZawra’a", was known for receiving, with open arms. night-patrons in joy and without fear. The poem refers to the glamorous past of Baghdad in comparison with the grim and gloomy nights of modern Baghdad after the war. In doing so, the poem mentions some symbols of the past and historical figures from old Baghdad and the Golden Age of the caliph Haroun al-Rashid (died 809 AD), and presents them in images contrary to their characters. Such figures include the licentious poet “Abu Nuwas" who wouldn’t recite poetry without being drunk. And the afore mentioned Scheherazade and Shahryar.
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  1. Date: 12/14/2013 7:50:00 PM
    Inaam I feel the angst here; I only wish I understood the form more so I would truly understand what is being said. :)

    Thomas Avatar F. J. Thomas
    Date: 12/14/2013 9:18:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    I think the explanation you gave me would be a perfect footnote :) Actually I think I may know the story of Scheherazade from my childhood. Thank you sooo much for helping me understand this. I was hoping you would.
    Al-Hashimi Avatar Inaam Al-Hashimi
    Date: 12/14/2013 8:31:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Dear F. J. Thank for the comment You have to know the history of Baghdad being the center place of the "Thousand Nights and One Night" where Scheherazade told the king Shehrayar a different romantic story night after night to keep him from killing her in the morning... Then you have to know the king Haroun Alrasheed of old Baghdad and his circle of poets including “Abu Nawas" who wouldn’t recite poetry without being drunk... Baghdad also nicknamed "AlZawraa" was famous for receiving with open arms night-patrons in joy without fear.... The poet is referring to the glamorous past of Baghdad in comparison with the grim and gloomy nights after the war using symbols of the past and presenting them in an image contrary to their characters.. Did that clarify the picture? Do you think that I should add a footnote to the poem with this explanation? Inaam
  1. Date: 12/14/2013 7:26:00 PM
    The poem is about Bagdad nights after the war.