107 places

people in 107 countries have come to this blog : albania / algeria / argentina / armenia / aruba / australia / austria / bahrain / bangladesh / barbados / belarus / belgium / belize / bosnia and herzegovina / brazil / brunei / bulgaria / cambodia / canada / chile / china / colombia / croatia / cyprus / czech republic / denmark / ecuador / egypt / el salvador / england / fiji / finland / france / georgia / germany / ghana / greece / guatemala / honduras / hong kong / hungary / iceland / india / indonesia / iran / iraq / ireland / isle of man / israel / italy / japan / jordan / kazakhstan / kenya / korea / kuwait / latvia / lebanon / liberia / lithuania / luxembourg / macao / macedonia / malaysia / mauritius / mexico / moldova / mongolia / morocco / myanmar / nepal / netherlands / new zealand / nicaragua / nigeria / norway / pakistan / panama / peru / philippines / poland / portugal / puerto rico / qatar / romania / russia / saudi arabia / senegal / serbia / singapore / slovakia / slovenia / south africa / spain / sri lanka / sweden / switzerland / taiwan / thailand / trinidad and tobago / tunisia / turkey / ukraine / united arab emirates / united states of america / venezuela / vietnam

25 January 2011

the first sound in The Middle East

 The first sound in The Middle East is the robes of two men at the transit airport: very starched, very white, and rustling, like oversized wings, or crisp sails being shaken.

I learn how to say Bahrain: Bach, and rain, where it’s all balm and smells of green sea and women dance their bellies to a crowd of three at the Supernightclub. A sheesha rests against stucco. No ripples in the pool.

Flying on to Egypt, sky merges with haze, haze with horizon, then the sand monologue: banks, drifts, dunes, and for a while, a weird geometry appears: full- and semi-circles of rice farms.
Photo: A rice farm in the desert,
somewhere between Bahrain and Egypt
Text: An excerpt of 'A Cairo Song'
For the whole text, visit:
http://www.arabicnadwah.com/articles/cairosong.htm

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Lovely dusty photo - i am just now writing the annual reports for Bahrain, Kuwait and a stack of other exotic labour rights abusers! Half wanting to go there and half getting angry..what a coincidence. I thought you were still on the other side of the world....Dominique

Madeleine Marie Slavick said...

hi dominique, am in new zealand, that's a photo i took in 2005... thanks for all the work you do for justice, yes, i thank you

Madeleine Marie Slavick said...

hi dominique, am in new zealand, that's a photo i took in 2005... thanks for all the work you do for justice, yes, i thank you