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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 …

My little Lolo is strict20121224-005559.jpg
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

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

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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

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

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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

The 5 miles Zone …

Someone asked me why I don`t answer my phone… well.. quite simply I don`t want …

Do you remeber the good old times of the big fat Beatle-like dial phone… It will sit in a corner somewhere minding its business.. never it ran to wake me up or follow me in the streets…

Ceilings from heaven

The Qalawun complex (Arabic: مجمع قلاون‎) is a massive complex in Cairo, Egypt that includes a madrasa, a hospital and a mausoleum 1280

 

The Qalawun complex (Arabic: مجمع قلاون‎) is a massive complex in Cairo, Egypt that includes a madrasa, a hospital and a mausoleum 1280

 

A Door to heaven ..

Al-Malik Az-Zahir Sayf ad-Din Barquq 1386

Al-Malik Az-Zahir Sayf ad-Din Barquq 1386

Al-Malik Az-Zahir Sayf ad-Din Barquq 1386

 

Hypnosis.. again and again

Divine Mashrabia in Al-Sehemy House (1648)

 

Soliman Agha Al Selehdar Mosque – Cairo- (1825)

Zoom in to appreciate the delicacy ..

Perspective ..

The Cellar of Soliman Agha Al Selehdar Mosque – Cairo- (1825)

Circle ..

Al-Sehemy House 1648

Square

Mosque-Madrassa of Sultan Hassan – Photos (The masterpiece)

The Minbar door

The furnishings of Cairo’s mosques, especially during the Mamluk period, were decorated with intricately constructed polygons and strapwork. Most often, the polygons were of wood, either carved or inlaid with ivory or colored woods. In this particular door (Wood (rosewood and mulberry)  it was made of copper / bronze . These doors exhibit a great variety of patterns, most of which are also found in other media, such as stone carvings, marble mosaics, and stucco window grilles. The accurate cutting required to make such patterned objects is remarkable, since every piece affects the whole.
Zoom in -please – see the missing piece and look how each piece was perfectly nailed in the wood to make the forms. Just recessing the door few inches adds to its beauty.

Mosque-Madrassa of Sultan Hassan – Photos (7)

My personal Qandeel