Friday, September 30, 2011

Silent Saturday!

Silent Saturday is a place to share images, and pictures, and enjoy them quietly...Today pictures are titled: "Suspended Time - Three Visions "

Pictures courtesy of Abraham Zavala-Quiñones

Friday of Poetry

Tonight poem is a collaboration of Miss Wafa ben Hassine, who happens to be a very talented progressive Tunisian-American woman. You can follow her on twitter as @ousfoura_7orra and read her on

ما لي رحيم في شكوتي

only you,
my grand arab dream

how far away you seem to me
yet how close you are to my heart
which yearns for your tenderness
and your strength
i call out to you
as i call out to a lover who has abandoned me
and millions along with my weak heart
you are a lover desired by so many
yet to none have you returned that love
at least, since centuries ago

you decided to hide away in the dark
you are now like a legend on our tongues
you left
for so long
as if you never graced us
lately you have been tempting us
or is it
mocking us, in pure ignorance of our plight
or maybe you’re just teaching us a lesson

we attempt (in vain)
to capture your dark honey eyes
and attract you back
we changed, can’t you see
we have learned
won’t you please return?

what are we obliged to do
- show us -
for you to come back?

this punishment is too prolonged for our thirsty souls.

Copyright © 2011 [Wafa Ben Hassine]. All Rights Reserved

Image: Paintings by Jean-Leon Gerome, artists of the late 19th century Orientalist.