Category Archives: People

Whats that got to do with the constitution ?!

My dear friends did their best to translate my last post from arabic to english , and google failed miserably .. and I must say it is a daunting task to translate the egyptian light hearted dialect into english or even to any other arabic dialect .. I did my best to carry the mood and the sentiment into this translation …

The background to this post is the chaotic pathetic political scene in Egypt nowadays, a shabby referendum on a hastily cooked constitution and a hesitant president who seems to cancel his own decisions as fast as he make them .. Lolo for me is answer to all of this … Tomorrow is hers …

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in full control
Whatever clouds in her heart
She pours
on her hands
lips and eyes

….

Watch her doing her homework
with fun
Whether the paper is blank or full
straight or crumbled
the homework gets done

….

She writes on lines in her heart
Somehow looks tilted to my careless eyes
Yet perfectly aligned
like the pyramid
in hers

….

Thats her opinion, a verdict passed
On me and the school
Thats my homework, done
Once and for all
and daddy , by the way
tomorrow it will be forgotten
and lost

….

She always sticks that sun of hers
In every drawing
Morning be it or night
called for it or not
There it is
at the upper left corner
Just above the heart
Her warming sun

….

Oh my wicked Lolo
Even in drawing
You grab the truth
by the neck

….

Mr President
Lolo is a princess
in her lines
and sultana
Precise and diminutive
Sometimes frizzly and proud
Her letters remain engraved
and in control

….

She doesn’t care
What you carve
She doesn’t give a damn
About your attorney general
Your declaration or
Constitution

….

Tomorrow is hers not yours
She will scribble it by her tiny hand
Not on your perfect lines
no submission
In this heart

….

in her latest drawing
She wrote
….I love
Words in your world
Missing on intent ,accused and guilt

….

But for Lolo thats
Her dream
Love for her is for all
And tomorrow for her
All drawn
scrambled
Grabbled
Scribbled
But hers ..

….

Let the boys rule
By the ball
By the boyish fights
And the laughs that follows

Let the girls reminds us
Of the butterflies
Of the love
Pure like the dawn

TarekOfCairo

ايه اللي جاب الدستور هنا ؟

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البنت بنتي لولو

مسيطرة
اللي في قلبها على لسانها
وفي ايديها وفي عنيها وملو فُمها

ولو شفتها وهي بتعمل واجب المدرسة
تلاقيها تنجز لا يهمها الورقة مليانه
فاضية، مفروده، ولا مكرمشة

هتكتب هتكتب على سطور في قلبها

مايلة في عنيا بميزاني

تحفة زي الهرم موزونة عندها

دا رأيها

ونافذ … عليا وعلى المدرسة
ودا الواجب خلاص خلصته
ومش هيتعاد تاني ..
وبكره يابابا واجبكم ها يتنسى

ولولو غاوية تلطع شمس في كل رسمه
صباح كانت ولا مسا
بمناسبة ومن غير مناسبة
في الركن الشمال فوق القلب بشوية
لازم في كل ورقة شمسها الدافية

آه يابنت الايه يا لولو
حتي في الرسم وخداها بالعافية
ياريس لولو في خطوطها اميرة
ومتسلطنة
وحروفهااللي منقوشة منمنمة كده
ومنفوشة ومتعنطزة
وفي الحقيقة معلمة ومسيطرة

ولا علي بالها النحت اللي بتنحتوه
لا يهمها نايب ولا اعلان ولا الدستور
هو بُكره بُكرها بتخُطه بالمنكوش
لا هتمشي علي سطركم
ولا هايهمها حكمكم
وفي قلبها مافيش أمر ولا جبر ولا مأمور ..

في آخر رسمة لولو كتبت
I love
وكام نقطة بعدها
وف عرفكم الجملة كدا ناقصة
نية وتربية ومتهم وذنوب

لكنه دا حِلمها
و الحب في قلبها للكل مقدور
بكرة خلاص لولو
راسماه معفرت ملخبط مشخبط
بس بخط إيدها مكتوب

سيبوا العيال تُحكمنا

بالكورة والزعلة
والضحكة بعد العركة
سيبوا البنات تفكرنا
بالفراشة والزهرة
بالحب زي الفجر
عالفطرة ..

TarekOfCairo

العنوان من اختيار لولو … وانا بقرأ لها فجأة وقفتنا وقلتلي ” هوا ايه اللي جاب الدستور هنا؟” … وعجبي

The brightest star …

I am sore from stretching

to be as tall

Tired of listening to your music

and dreaming ….

I should too

 

Tired of painting ..

the unfinished painting …

Just to catch up with you

I want even to run after you

Surely you will outpace me ..

Poor me..

 

Put never tiresome I shall be

of looking up

Seeing you … in the stars

The brightest star of all

 

And never tiresome I shall be

from being

proud of you ..

 

TarekOfCairo

Cloning in Photoshop

I play with photoshop whenever I feel bored .. and that was fun …

Angry..happy and optimistic .. My profile ..

Reflections on the Egyptian scene…

Angry mostly…

Frustrated …

and deeply disappointed..

Nevertheless..

In the black background..

I hear Farah

I her Carmen

I hear Jonathan and Charlotte

I see a white future..

Thank you for the music…

Still.. Angry I remain…

Super Farah .. Superman .. Again and again

My lovely daughter … Its not easy to be you

My “Perfect” daughter …

She keeps amazing me… secretly made her plot .. got a “Perfect song” … played the music on her piano ..recorded it on garageband .. Placed her Camera .. Sang the song ,,, Perfectly …. shot the video .. added the piano music ,,, and just posted it …. The “perfect” plot was done when we where all outside the house…

Thank you Farah for making me Proud

 

A gem in Bubba Gump .. San Francisco

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I got a nice surprise waiting for me in Fisherman”s Wharf of San Francisco .. A Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. restaurant ..  I never knew that such a restaurant existed .. and “Forest Gump” is my all time favorite movie and character…. The food was excellent .. shrimps as would you expect..everywhere .. in every hand and mouth … but that was not all…. there was a little gem … a young waitress flowing between the tables with unrelenting energy ,a smile and few hair strands dancing on her face … when she passed by me I noticed that she had an amputated hand .. a brave stump on her left forearm .. very proud and sure … definitely working as hard as my hand … I instantly remembered “Warda” a 9 years old little girl whom I had to surgically amputate her hand after a gangrene 21 years ago when I was junior Orthopedic resident … she may be the same age.. but 18000 miles away…Warda left a scar in my memory and this Waitress left a smile in my heart …

This restaurant surely lived to the legacy of Forest Gump when he said : Stupid is as stupid does

بالورقة والقلم – كورال العيلة 3

Amazing improvisation of choreography of this brilliant song … the girls were just flying somewhere not bothered with the circus like atmosphere around them …..

في حاجة حلوة – كورال العيلة 2