Sometimes Too Hot the Eye of Heaven Shines

the soul’s dream lingers in moments of eternity

a shadow emerged from my death –

it escaped me seeking you

everything starts and withers at the roots

charred by the worldly sun

you came to me from a fragment of light –

a mirage of an isle in the sea’s foam

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this I do not say, I sing

I smash the light and it multiplies for you

I paint my eyelids in the colours of the earth

my eyes which lock onto a notion of beauty

a notion you view as intimate modesty

I gather the white pebbles of my death

I fly, clinging briefly to life –

to the gentle curve of time

you left me a fragment of light –

a mirage of an isle in the sea’s foam

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in this world, I am a fruit –

sad and happy within the lips that kiss me

dawn’s voice melds with yours

this I do not say, I sing

that which escaped me longs to find you

since the day my shadows scattered –

-twilight shines from the face of a berber god –

the day a swarm of innocent birds flew past –

the mirage of an isle in the sea’s foam

a pure dream embedded in the flesh of time

so I, a free captive, am complete –

reborn of night’s miracle light

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you materialised and vanished with the impetuosity of spring

stark like a stripped body in the dim light

like a star in the enchanted night

you charm me with a phantom smile

and I celebrate my inner tumult –

the madness of a slowly destroyed woman

reconstructed with the slightest of smiles

extending through the stillness of my verse

a woman of few words

writes like one who knows how

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writes a history of melancholy –

blooming in her body

and the airy innocence of her shadows

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(Translation of Amina Said’s poem: l’elan le souffle le silence (the momentum the breath the silence). Not a precise translation. Day 5 prompt was to translate a poem). Art by: Mourad Chaaba. Original poem in French, follow external link: https://www.lyrikline.org/en/poems/lelan-le-souffle-le-silence-1333#.WsY2CPnwbIW.

In Egypt or Troy? (#GloPoWriMo)

Which way is South? Around me is an echo of rodents scuttling across stone floors. Orange blossoms invade my senses. The sun is dying, spilling red all over the sky. There is no West, there is no East. There’s only a never-ending dusk. Dewy palms (Phoenix dactylifera?) stroke my bare arms as I walk onward towards the gaping chaos.  My feet sink into sand on occasion, glinting furiously in the glare.

(i) I stand on mosaic floors stretching to the beach. The beach strewn with wreckage from battles against men and gales. Sea-gods stare from their crashing coves, clashing among their own. Their disputes fatal and unfair. The lawyers stand between them, gold slipping between their fingers (piles and piles of it). A smoky haze wears me out, a torched Laurus nobilis once stood tall now a phantom crisp. I see a bird fall from fatigue or torched wings. It spirals and vanishes in the snarl.

(ii) Olive branches teeter in the howling god’s grasp. I cannot see through the whipping strands of hair, stinging my raw skin. My eyes water, saltier than sea breeze. I hear my name screamed on the wind. From this land or across the sea, there is no way to know. The air is permeated with cries of despair and curses to my name. I’ve reached a shore devoid of hope. Tonight there is but one flaw, and it is that of the entitled, claiming what was never theirs. They are the villains. But I am to blame.

(iii) The red woman rises in the storm. I glance at her and we exchange a nod. A mutual understanding passes in that ember glance. We watch as drowning men fight against their fate. We close our eyes to burning men as they wail to a louder god.

(iv) Thunder and lightning kiss jasmine flowers. Juniperus communis vanishes from sight. Vegetation spits out into nymphaea caerulea. I see my way clearly now. Away from the sea. I transpire as the air thickens and moisture is sucked out. The blazes simmer as the smokes darken. Darker than night, darker than sin, darker than Egypt.

(v) Flames burn ships on the Mediterranean tonight. Fire gods exhaust their powers on mere mortals. I turn and follow the ancient paths, in search of fresher waters. This winding snake spilling into the sea must lead to calmer roars.

(vi) Helen has escaped them all. Warmongering men, warmongering gods, flaming ships, drowning chaos, and dashed hope… The desert beckons her now.

(A/N: It seems I can only guilt myself into writing every April now xD. Didn’t even know it was April til yesterday night. So here’s my first entry. Title and inspiration from Day 1 featured poet: Lauren Russell. Read her work on the external link: https://tarpaulinsky.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/Russell-TS-selections.pdf. As I seem to do every NaPoWriMo, I’m trying out different writing styles and techniques.)

Anarcha-Feminism in Tunisia

Robert Graham's Anarchism Weblog

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Below I reproduce an unattributed translation from the French anarchist publication,Le Monde Libertaire, of an interview with the Tunisian anarchist feminist group, Feminism Attack! I follow that with an earlier report about the Tunisian feminist activist, Amina Sboui, leaving the Femen group and declaring herself an anarchist. Femen is a radical feminist group founded in Ukraine which has captured some media attention through its topless protests where Femen activists paint various political slogans across their chests. One area in which Femen has been particularly active is in protesting prostitution and the traffic in women. For an anti-authoritarian critique of prostitution and its connection with male domination see the excerpts from Carole Pateman’s The Sexual Contract in Volume Three of Anarchism: A Documentary History of Libertarian Ideas.

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Interview with Feminism Attack!

Tunisia, with a strong feminist movement for over a hundred years, is often considered the most advanced…

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Pristine Coral Reefs Destroyed by ‘Great Wall of Sand’

HK Marine Life

China is creating a ‘great wall of sand’ in the South China Sea, according to the Daily Mail.

The latest huge land mass is four square kilometres in size and was created by dumping sand on live coral reefs, damaging local ecosystems.

But this is just one of several artificial islands China has been creating in the region – and the exact purpose of them is unknown.  

 

 

The large expanses of sand and concrete – the latest being Johnson Reef – are being built among the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea.

China is creating the area by using dredging vessels to dig up sediment from the sea, and then dumping it on subermeged coral reefs to make islands.

China has supposedly been carrying out the land reclamation in order to build airstrips and other structures in the region.

  

Five islands in total have been…

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North West Cancer Research

Moonshine Noire

In April 2018, students from Southport College, including myself, will be taking on a challenge of a lifetime.  Over two gruelling days, staff and students will take on the wild and push themselves to the limit. They will abseil over 150ft, explore caves and tunnels, waterfall and cliff jump, zip wire over quarries and live in the outdoors under canvas with minimal supplies.

We are undertaking this challenge in support of North West Cancer Research.

The money raised is for a very worthy cause. North West Cancer Research is the only independent cancer research charity fighting the toughest cancers in North West England and North Wales. The charity only funds the very best cancer research into fighting those cancers that affect you locally. The carefully targeted research is independently and internationally scrutinized to make sure your donation makes the biggest difference possible. £13 million will be spent on cancer research…

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Why Smashwords ?

Notes from An Alien

I self-published my novel nearly seven years ago. At first, I was using FastPencil; with a print and ebook edition distributed to Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and a number of other retailers… Smashwords Review and Predictions

In September of last year, I switched to Smashwords.

That meant dropping the production of the print version; but, one day, I may add print back…

I feel good about the move to Smashwords—it feels “cleaner” than Amazon (none of that seemingly constant “How is Amazon mistreating authors again?” stuff…); though, I still sometimes buy a kindle e-book…

I’ve done quite a bit of posting here about Smashwords; if you take that last link, you might see this post at the top of the scrollable list…

One thing about Smashwords, even though it’s e-book-only—they distribute much more widely than Fastpencil.

I know many writers are still stuck with the idea that having a book…

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North West Cancer Research

In April 2018, students from Southport College, including myself, will be taking on a challenge of a lifetime.  Over two gruelling days, staff and students will take on the wild and push themselves to the limit. They will abseil over 150ft, explore caves and tunnels, waterfall and cliff jump, zip wire over quarries and live in the outdoors under canvas with minimal supplies.

We are undertaking this challenge in support of North West Cancer Research.

The money raised is for a very worthy cause. North West Cancer Research is the only independent cancer research charity fighting the toughest cancers in North West England and North Wales. The charity only funds the very best cancer research into fighting those cancers that affect you locally. The carefully targeted research is independently and internationally scrutinized to make sure your donation makes the biggest difference possible. £13 million will be spent on cancer research over the next five years and every penny you raise in your participation of this event will go towards this ground breaking research.

I am fundraising for North West Cancer Research. Too many families are affected by . My mum has been battling it on/off since she was my age. My target goal is £250.

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/fatima-ammar

Please donate and help us make a difference.

Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving – they’ll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to the charity. So it’s the most efficient way to donate – saving time and cutting costs for the charity.

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/fatima-ammar