inside 1987

May 31, 2009 § Leave a comment

They sit in the back room

Surrounded by guns in glass cases

He raises a lighter for her,

Who is rocking on his chair

Inside his legs

Between his hands,

To see

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His fingers pinch her neck

The other hand

Grasping at her skirt

Scratches her thighs with a metal tip

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She is too young

Not to like it

The guns tell her

As they look down on her

With one eye cocked

& one eye closed

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Chewing her upper lip

The lighter jitters

The Bible sits on a shelf

Just out of her reach

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Outside dandelions have grown old

Wood piled

Nails tucked in plastic boxes

Like sleeping children

unmoved

By fingers or flesh

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May 29, 2009 § Leave a comment

internet has not been working the past couple of days so i am behind on email, blogging, and basic keeping in contact with the world.  so please take no offense if i have not gotten back to you soon.  i am feeling a bit swamped.

clothesline

May 26, 2009 § Leave a comment

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the list

May 24, 2009 § 4 Comments

from Inanities

Today is Mubarak’s 81st birthday. To mark this, and to mark the fact that he’s been in power for 28 years – 1/3rd of his lifetime – here’s a list of 28 of the wonderful things which have happened under his beneficent and wise reign rule.

The list

  1. Seventy killed in the Moqattam Hill rockslide in 1993.
  2. 37% of Egypt’s urban population live in informal housing
  3. Three years imprisonment for Kareem Amer
  4. Four years imprisonment for Ayman Nour
  5. A five-year battle by Bahais for the right not to have to lie about their faith.
  6. April 6th 2008: the death of three people in Mahalla killed by the police has not been investigated.
  7. 85% of rural female household heads are illiterate
  8. 8.7% unemployment rate
  9. Laila Haddad and her two kids detained in Cairo Airport for around 30 hours. Because Laila is Palestinian
  10. Egypt has the highest prevalence of Hepatitis C in the world (roughly 11% of the population)
  11. 12 – 15 million people live in slum housing
  12. 45% of Egypt’s female population over 15 can not read
  13. $50 billion in US aid received since 1979
  14. 60% of steel market share owned by Ahmed Ezz with government support.
  15. Between 16,000 – 20,000 people in administrative detention
  16. Seventeen people die after being tortured in 2005 (The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights http://www.eohr.org)
  17. Activists detained for 45 days after 2006 peaceful protests against constitutional amendments.
  18. A 19th century palace, house of the upper house of parliament catches fire on August 18th 2008. A month later on September 27th, a downtown theatre catches fire, the same month as the Beni Suef theatre fire which killed 45 people in 2005.
  19. February 20th 2002: 370 die in train blaze.
  20. 20% of population below poverty line
  21. Twenty-two people convicted in the widely-criticised Mahalla trial. Sentenced to between 3 and 5 years imprisonment.
  22. Thirty Sudanese asylum-seekers and refugees killed when police violently break up the Mostafa Mahmoud sit-in.
  23. 35% illiteracy rates
  24. 12,000 people live in graveyards in Egypt
  25. 2,000,000 cars on the streets of Cairo. 60% over ten years old.
  26. Seventy-nine cars in Mubarak’s flotilla
  27. Twenty eight years of emergency rule.

Wild Poppies

May 22, 2009 § 5 Comments

ok so i tried my hand at a short story.  i have only written a couple of short stories in my lifetime.  which is strange because i love to read fiction, but i dont really write it.  hmmm…..

anyways any and all feedback would be appreciated and is encouraged.

i am working on illustrations for this piece…they will appear soon…inshallah…


Wild Poppies

Ellie startled awake that winter morning and sat up in her bed. She rubbed her aching shoulders, her arms, and then reached between her shoulder blades. Two large bumps were growing on either side of her upper spine. She grabbed the hand mirror off the nightstand, and raced to the full-length mirror. Dark burgundy nubs poked out the back of her camisole. She held her breath and touched them again. She was growing wings.

Last time she had seen her dad his wings were stuffed in the blue trench coat he always wore. He looked toward Ellie and smiled. He dropped his coat on the front door’s threshold. His wings popped open like a spring-loaded umbrella and he flew off the porch. Her dad flew over the world and sent nothing more than a postcard photograph of flowers every once in a while.

She was fairy too.

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home sweet

May 21, 2009 § Leave a comment

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lhome 3

looking out the windows of our new apartment….

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May 21, 2009 § 2 Comments

ten worst countries to be a blogger

h/t transgriot

“Bloggers are at the vanguard of the information revolution and their numbers are expanding rapidly,” said CPJ Executive Director Joel Simon. “But governments are quickly learning how to turn technology against bloggers by censoring and filtering the Internet, restricting online access and mining personal data. When all else fails, the authorities simply jail a few bloggers to intimidate the rest of the online community into silence or self-censorship.”

Turkmen soldiers guard an Internet cafe in Ashgabat. (Reuters)

Relying on a mix of detentions, regulations, and intimidation, authorities in Iran, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, and Egypt have emerged as the leading online oppressors in the Middle East and North Africa. China and Vietnam, where burgeoning blogging cultures have encountered extensive monitoring and restriction, are among Asia’s worst blogging nations. Cuba and Turkmenistan, nations where Internet access is heavily restricted, round out the dishonor roll.

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In 2008, CPJ found, bloggers and other online journalists were the single largest professional group in prison, overtaking print and broadcast journalists for the first time.

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