Egypt

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          -1-

This narrow vein 
pulses in red earth
blood of thousands
meanders
through valleys barren 
a surface wounded
cries dry tears
down to Iskandariyya (1)

          White sails cover
          undercurrent
          once sun burned 
          monoliths choke
          tide provides
          no air for their 
          drowned lungs


          -2-

Where grows papyrus
How can I write
with these reeds
my ancestors' annals

          Where is that land
          that has my name 
          displaced
          cast out
          yesterdays and tomorrows
          erased.


          -3-

Merciless strangers 
hewn mouths in set faces
staccato tongue
dismissive diaspora

          White cotton spores blown
          in khamaseen (2)
          feel their protective shelter
          burn
          suffocate



(1) Al-Iskandariyya: Alexandria
(2) khamsin: Hot desert wind, blowing from south to north.

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July 17, 2017
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Date: 7/20/2017 7:35:00 AM
Extraordinary work, my friend ... I am Bedouin at heart. ;-) <3
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Darren White
Date: 7/20/2017 8:04:00 AM
Hey there, Bedu ;) <3
Date: 7/19/2017 1:17:00 PM
You just unzipped the covers of my mind to the unprecedented worship of your adorable lines with a powerful choice of words that can't just be ignored. Showers of your wisdom is well palpated in this page and the only thing I can say is a big WELL DONE! Can't wait to have more of your mental command flowing through my reading mind.
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Darren White
Date: 7/20/2017 1:05:00 AM
Thank you Funom for your wonderful words :)
Date: 7/18/2017 1:27:00 AM
I love the ancient touch to this poem Darren, has a mystical feel to it, and the image makes it all the more dramatic. Wonderful ...Maria
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Darren White
Date: 7/18/2017 2:55:00 AM
Thanks Maria :) It's an important poem to me.
Date: 7/17/2017 2:54:00 PM
I am sorry my friend, I read this poem early this morning, lost my connection and forgot to come back and leave my comment again. Darren, your talent is amazing...the way you write, think, see thing is incredible. This has a ancient feel to it, the way you have crafted this piece is like it is chiseled in stone. This is co cool. Bravo poet, bravo.
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Darren White
Date: 7/18/2017 1:02:00 AM
Thanks my friend, your opinion is so important to me :)
Date: 7/17/2017 2:49:00 PM
I love all things Egyptian; this was beautifully done. Thanks for the great tour; my mind needed that.
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Darren White
Date: 7/18/2017 1:01:00 AM
Thank you (also for loving everything Egyptian ;)
Date: 7/17/2017 12:07:00 PM
Fine work here Piroet, a magnificent write. Hugs to you, ton mo xo
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Darren White
Date: 7/18/2017 1:01:00 AM
Merci ma mo :) so happy you love this
Date: 7/17/2017 8:25:00 AM
A sad and vivid write!
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Darren White
Date: 7/17/2017 10:28:00 AM
I agree, thanks Kim :)
Date: 7/17/2017 8:22:00 AM
Love this poem. Makes me want to know more...I give it a big ten.
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Darren White
Date: 7/17/2017 10:27:00 AM
Hey there Tim :) Go research a bit, it's a country with a great history!
Date: 7/17/2017 6:11:00 AM
Afternoon Darren. This is Free Verse all the way and all dressed up. Always do your expressions reach the note. Have a wonderful afternoon.
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Darren White
Date: 7/17/2017 7:07:00 AM
Hello Lisa :) Thank you, I am glad you like my poem.
Date: 7/17/2017 5:59:00 AM
An incredible poem, Darren. Egypt has lost much in these days.
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Darren White
Date: 7/17/2017 7:06:00 AM
Yeah Victor, I completely agree. It has.
Date: 7/17/2017 5:49:00 AM
I like how you wrote this one Darren with the descriptions and the sadness reaches the reader :).
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Darren White
Date: 7/17/2017 7:06:00 AM
Thanks Heidi. If you can feel the sadness, then I succeeded :)
Date: 7/17/2017 5:43:00 AM
Your poem touches upon a sad issue of today's world, so many intolerant nations, and why? Because people can't forget the past? Misuse of religious beliefs? Greed? Ego? I like that word Khamsin.
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Darren White
Date: 7/17/2017 5:45:00 AM
Khamsin (Egyptian arabic: khamaseen) means "fifty", fifty days of wind, starting around Coptic Easter...
Date: 7/17/2017 5:17:00 AM
Dear, my husband is Egyptian, and proud to be one. I feel the angst in this poem. I can only guess at the cause of it. Egypt is rich in history and beauty, but it has a long way to go in matters of tolerance and inclusion. Hugs
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Darren White
Date: 7/17/2017 5:36:00 AM
You've said that diplomatically :) It is true. I am Egyptian, but I don't live there for political reasons. That is what the poem is about. Hugs back :)
Date: 7/17/2017 4:04:00 AM
Hi Darren, I just had to comment on this poetic artwork- rich and masterful, poignant plea, touching..( I have read most of your poetry in the last few months- in awe, and shy to comment...: D...) Fave save/ seven!
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Darren White
Date: 7/17/2017 4:19:00 AM
Oh, you did??? Thank you :) Never be shy to comment, I always like to read it.
Date: 7/17/2017 2:30:00 AM
Well, Duir! You have really excelled into a brilliant wordsmith, my friend! Are you now working with more muses?
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Darren White
Date: 7/17/2017 4:20:00 AM
Hehe :) This time my muse was inspired by a conversation, about politics.