nadia abduljabbar

The Glamour Of Simplicity(Yasser Elmenawhly)

Sophisticated man surely he is
In simple outfit,
With highly deep philosophy
And modest aura
Could reach my mind
And fraught heart
Like no one else,
His elasticity in talking about
His illness which
Made him contemplate
On politics, and life,
I felt bewitched,

With the same suppleness
He talked about his son and wife
With no fear or shyness
He said "yes I am a man
Who cares for his woman
Son, country and
different ways of survival",

With no inferior complex,
He talked about the physical
Problem of his legs and feet,
With the same spontaneity
He kept on talking
About his art and creativity,
There is a soothing
Fire in his words and soul
That can't be quenched
Except by his very special
Singing and idiomatic poetry,
His colloquial proverbs
Remind me of my mother's saying:
Especially the word "ROBATIA"
Which is a slang Arabic
Word for conspiracy,
And the word "OFFA",
Which isan informal
Arabic word for stupid


He reminds me of my Egyptian
Teachers in the far past
I thought they were like,
Dinosaurs, extinct, but
Here I am before one
Who is somehow
linked to them.

With total confidence
In his art he did not allow
A traditional teacher to instruct
Him how to create songs
And with extreme stubbornness,
Which is a merit in such
A beautiful case,
His persistence in his
His choices for ways of living is unique
He chose how to lead life
Autonomously with no model
To imitate or follow.

No one is allowed
To interfere as long as he
Is not convinced,
The admirers of his art
Are numerous, and I am
One of them.

Topic(s) of this poem: praise

Poem Submitted: Wednesday, November 28, 2018

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