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A Lesson In Drawing

Rating: 3.1
My son places his paint box in front of me
and asks me to draw a bird for him.
Into the color gray I dip the brush
and draw a square with locks and bars.
Astonishment fills his eyes:
'… But this is a prison, Father,
Don't you know, how to draw a bird?'
And I tell him: 'Son, forgive me.
I've forgotten the shapes of birds.'
My son puts the drawing book in front of me
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Sona Wilae 20 November 2017
Amazing metaphors to breathe passionately!
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Bharati Nayak 19 November 2017
A Lesson In Drawing by Nizar Qabbani | Delete this message When you grow up, my son, and read the diwan of Arabic poetry you'll discover that the word and the tear are twins and the Arabic poem is no more than a tear wept by writing fingers.' - - - - - -When all the beautiful sentiments are vanishing, when pen is giving way to gun, there is no homeland for writers who really care and weep for the loss of humanity.A wonderful poem, thanks for sharing.
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Chris Smart 19 November 2017
To draw like this poet is a gift.
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Rae Seagull 19 November 2017
Powerful and sentimental at the same time. Thank you for sharing
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Subhas Chandra Chakra 19 November 2017
The brush trembles in my hands and I sink, weeping. A very powerful and sensitive poem shared. 10++++ for the sharing. It's a message written with trembling hearts too. It deserves being selected. Thanks and Congrats Nizar for it. Regards. Subhas
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Lea- Beima Dorestin 19 November 2017
Awww this is so sentimental and reflective Great diction! !
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Geeta Radhakrishna Menon 19 November 2017
A wonderful dialogue between the father and son so beautifully portrayed in this poem. So much of learning, philosophy of life! I loved the poem. Heartiest congratulations Nizar. Truly deserving! A full vote
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Bernard F. Asuncion 19 November 2017
Such a great write by Nizar Qabbani...,
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Rajnish Manga 19 November 2017
Reflection of a fragmented world. Shameless assault on humanity Succinctly captured in the poem with its painful denouement. Thanks a lot, Dear Poet.
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Edward Kofi Louis 19 November 2017
Armed religion! ! With the muse of mankind on earth. Thanks for sharing this poem with us.
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