Wednesday, March 22, 2006

A Poem By Yasser

Yesterday was Egyptian Mother's Day. My son, who is in the first year of high school and is 15 years old, wrote me a poem. I asked him if I could post it at the blog and he said this was OK. As you can see, although it may not be Shakespeare, from the rhythm and scanning and all that stuff point of view, it has the advantage of being a pretty honest view of his relationship with me. Although actually, I have never spit in his face. :)

But I don't mind at all, you know?

When you often shout at me,
I don't always laugh with glee.
Sometimes I even be quite sad,
But on the whole you're not bad.

But I don't mind at all, you know?

When you're always on my case,
Bellowing, spitting in my face.
Grounding me for the things I did,
But you don't know half the things I hid.

But I don't mind at all, you know?

All I want you to know is that,
I love you much more than my hat.
When you're cross and we've had a row,
You make me wash, rinse, clean, and sew.

But I don't mind at all, you know?

You try to make me think about good and bad,
Until the point where I just think that you're mad
Sometimes you even drive me to the brink of a scream,
And I think about conspiracies and of your scheme

But I don't mind at all, you know?

In the end, is there love as wild,
as the bonds between mother and child?
Is there anything more worthwhile,
Than to just see your dearest mom smile?

So we do perhaps, sometimes laugh with glee
because in the very end... It's just you and me

13 comments:

Judas said...

True it isn't Keats or any of that crowd but it is still beter than a lot of the peotry on blog spot. And yes I do have a mother like that too.

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Dean C. said...

Anna,
This might seem a stretch, but did you use to post on PNEWS in the 90s?
-
Dean C.

Safa said...

Oh my goodness. That gotta tear outta my eyes. My own daughter is 14....going to high school next year.....if she gave me that poem I'd be bawling!! I got your post on my BLOG...you didn't leave an email for me to get to you at....so here's mine....surah2362@yahoo.com. I really look forward to talking to you.....

Anna in Portland (was Cairo) said...

Dear Dean, Yes I was on Pnews. I have a lot of respect for Hank Roth but ended up not being able to deal with his (and most of the other members') attitude towards Islam and the arab-Israeli conflict. So, I don't post there now but sometimes I do go to his website to read his articles (which I always agree with unless they are about Islam or Palestinians).

Dear Safa, how great to hear from you. My e-mail is anna_ghonim@link.net and i am an airhead for not putting it in my comment.

Leilouta said...

I love it!

lol to "I love you much more than my hat." :)

Herlock Sholmes said...

Is your son for sale? Cause if he's not all I can say is:

" Damn, I gotta get me one of those"

Herlock Sholmes said...

when do we get more posts?

Anna in Portland (was Cairo) said...

Sorry Herlock, it will be a few more days - lots of stuff going on. :)

strudel said...

The Teacher and his Captive Audience shows that the clash is not Christians against Islam, but Fanatics against Liberals . With your permit I'll post it in my webzine www.strudeltimes.it - Best regards, Strudel

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Anonymous said...

I'd like to talk to you again. By the way, PNEWS-L is not longer at St
Johns U. There are NO off-campus lists anymore so I had to move it to
Yahoogroups. You can subscribe at pnews-l-subscribe@yahoogroups.com
and of course I would love to have you there _uncensored_ to discuss
anything and I really need a moderate Muslim voice. I have known moderate
Muslims personally but the InterNUT seems to bring out the worse and that
includes these chauvinist Jews, who I cannot tolerate either. So how long
have you been in Portland and how are you doing? I always enjoyed your
comments and I really try to look for the good in people but I am more an
more influenced by Hobbes and see only the "brutish" in human nature.

Missed you my friend.

Hank Roth
http://pnews.org/ys

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