omar ibrahim

(16/9/1994 / cairo / Egypt)

River Nile


behold how the River Nile generously flows
and hugs the banks with its gentile waves
it flows and smiles to the sun above
it flows as the blood inside a body
it flows as the breaths inside the lungs
it flows to greet farms and gardens
it flows and waters thirsty throats
it flows and waters flowers and trees
it flows and offers fish for food
it flows and floods the dry soil
it flows through a valley of its creation
it flows beside great pyramids and temples
it flows to crown a heavenly land
it says: ''take my waters and grow''
it says: ''let my immortal waters flow''
it says: ''within my surge life awakens''

Submitted: Sunday, December 20, 2009
Edited: Friday, July 29, 2011

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  • S.zaynub Kamoonpuri (12/6/2013 12:30:00 PM)

    A wonderful creative tribute to d Nile, the longest river in d world. Wow u wrote it flowin like d Nile and its generosity and I admire the Nile. Pls coment answer my riddle poem. (Report) Reply

  • S.zaynub Kamoonpuri (12/6/2013 12:28:00 PM)

    A wonderful creative tribute to d Nile, the longest river in d world. Wow u wrote it flowin like d Nile and its generosity and I admire the Nile. Pls coment answer my riddle poem. (Report) Reply

  • Derek Haughton (12/9/2011 4:57:00 AM)

    A hymn of praise to a great lifegiver! My only adverse comment is the possibly inadvertant 'grow' 'low' rhyme. (Report) Reply

  • Mohammad Muzzammil (12/2/2010 8:47:00 PM)

    Wow! Nice poem that contains all the characteristics of a melodious poem. I know well that is Nile through which Moses passed along with his fellowers on the different ways, and Phiraon whith his army. This is the Nile that reminds Chemistry because the word chemistry is derived from the word Chemia which means the sand of Nile. It is the river that reminds the culture, tradition and glory of Egypt. I like your poem very much. I'm far from your country and Nile but I have a deep attachment with it. (Report) Reply

  • Emu Getachew (9/14/2010 3:45:00 PM)

    Thanks for the invite. You celebrated the Nile through your choice of words and diction. I am also a daughter of Blue Nile that travels to meet the White Nile at 'al-Mogran.' (Report) Reply

  • Jenny Gordon (8/28/2010 10:48:00 AM)

    I like this for all its similes, as well as the tribute it pays to what the koran teaches regarding the Nile. It seems rather clever as well, as in the second line you refer to its 'gentile waves, .' which I am curious about. It would seem also as though comparing the Nile with the Word of God since it is as '...the breaths in the lungs...' and...'within my surge life awakens.' and as He says in the Psalms....
    Ps 119: 49-50 'Remember the word unto Thy servant, upon which Thou hast caused me to hope.
    This is my comfort in my affliction: for thy word hath quickened [keep(leave, make) alive, give (promise) life, (let, suffer to) live, nourish up, preserve (alive) , quicken, recover, repair, restore (to life) , revive..]me.'
    I Pet 1: 23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the Word of God, Which liveth and abideth for ever.
    Thanks. I like it. (Report) Reply

  • Sherif Monem (8/27/2010 11:29:00 AM)

    It is nice poetic description of river nile one of the mighty in the world where Egyptian civilization sprung.
    For my own taste I have problems with the line:
    it flows as the blood inside a body
    I don't enjoy the word blood in this nice peacful poem.'Good job.
    keep it up. (Report) Reply

  • Priya Radhakannan (8/22/2010 6:33:00 AM)

    Good one, i am in a different part of the world with limited knowledge of river Nile, all i knew was its the longest river in the world, your poem educated me with its divine poetic sense. (Report) Reply

  • Mehta Hasmukh Amathalal (8/17/2010 5:00:00 AM)

    t says: ''within my surge life awakens''.........

    t is how civilization and life of man kind goes on on the bank of river....10

    very nice poem dear (Report) Reply

  • Catherine Yen (8/16/2010 8:22:00 AM)

    You described exuberantly the great Nile that nourish the Egyptian's heart.
    You are a good writer, beautiful and awesome. (Report) Reply

  • Ginna Yadav (8/13/2010 9:35:00 AM)

    You are commendable to so deeply understand the greatness of the River Nile.... Rivers and rains are the source of life but have been with us so long that they get taken for granted. Its important that their significance in our lives be evaluated time and again. (Report) Reply

  • Denise Bekker ~* The Sound *~ (8/6/2010 1:14:00 PM)

    Loved the journey of the river. The flow of the write is creative, good imagery, draws reader in. Wonderfully done.; D
    Read my, The Brook. Might enjoy. (Report) Reply

  • Dove Allen (7/29/2010 8:41:00 PM)

    Splendid! You make the River Nile come alive within the heart of the reader! Egypt is blessed to have such a spectacular wonder of Nature to renew her people in both flesh and spirit. Keep writing and may you be fruitful in the poems of your soul! (Report) Reply

  • Whisperkwane Lamb (7/25/2010 1:41:00 PM)

    wow! young man if I did not know any better...I would think you took those words from the movie River Nile with James Earl Jones in staring role...the way you speak of the river I can hear him (james earl jones) speak out... your tell of the flowing of such a great river...my blood rolls over within me... I enjoyed your poem..thank you...brought back a few memories...thanks... (Report) Reply

  • Saadat Tahir (7/12/2010 9:44:00 AM)

    it flows and floods the dry soil
    it flows through a valley of its creation
    it flows beside our pyramids and temples
    it flows to crown our heavenly land
    it says: ''take my waters and grow''
    it says: ''let my immortal waters flow''
    it says: ''within my surge life awakens''

    an awesome impact created of sight and sound....
    so distinctive of the great nile.....

    indeed a life of a nation deserves a befiting accolade...
    very well concieved and writen... u have done very well.... and made the nile proud...of its son.....

    cheers (Report) Reply

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