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September 28, 2012
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Coming up from Aswan with his catch,
he tacks the course of his dhow
along the Nile of her dark eyes,
her long hair,
the narcotic of blue water lilies,

her lotus pose facing both
the rising, and the setting sun,

the young fisherman begs to know
as he sings upward with his might
and his desire, into the sail
that catches the crosswind--

What is your name, scented one,
in the smoke that rises
from the shores of the cataracts,
where I bring to you my bounty!

He peers into the azure above,
waiting for her answer to fill his sail,
calling out once more as his teeth gleam--
Ma huwa 'ismuki?
الأزرق لوتس blue lotus
Ma huwa 'ismuki? = What is your name? (f)

:bulletblue:The second of two entries submitted for the #Word-Smiths's Colors Poetry Contest…

:bulletred:10/8/12: added a beautiful preview piece with the help and skill of `RetroZombie Thank you so much, John!
:bulletorange: And the image used as the preview piece is thanks to "blue lotus" by *moa810

:bulletpurple:2/27/13: Featured here:
cherry likes near midnightA Little Birdie + TwilightPoetess:) + Me = Interview -->
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167 by ~celilsezer Sin Pausa by *JaimeIbarra
Jack by *riparii things i must do before i die: by ~ChloroformBoy Jazz by *AMWeitz Blue Lotus by `jade-pandora Birdmen by *PursuingTheCerberus carboniferous resources by *alapip mourning happiness by ~jikivigoig A Relationship by *glossolalias it's your call, starling by *v-espertine :thumb348038684: statues by *antonfrost raw collection of poems by =KaitForest

:bulletgreen: 7/25/13: Featured here:
Let's Talk Writing: Issue 19Let's Talk Writing: Issue 19
Let's Talk Writing is my news article featuring five different writers that I've discovered here on deviantArt. It will be published every Friday. If you have any suggestions, please feel free to note me. I will take them into consideration (which means I'll most likely accept them.) Now, let's talk writing!
Writer #1: :iconblakecurran: *BlakeCurran

What inspired you to start writing?
I honestly can't remember when I even started writing; it feels like I've always wanted to write. But, the inspiration for me to keep writing comes from the notion of taking a nebulous idea and shaping it into a story, of turning essentially nothing into something — something real, something true and moving. I love to reach people through my words, even just to make them smile or to stop a moment and think.
Also, my dream job is to become a nove
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synconi Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013   Artisan Crafter
Transported to another realm and world by this, what a joy to read :heart:
jade-pandora Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013
aw thank you so much, Gabrielle :hug:
Viidith22 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Astounding work as usual. :)
jade-pandora Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013
Thank you, Matthew, that's terribly kind of you.
Viidith22 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
You're very welcome. 
xlntwtch Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013   Writer

What language is that phrase? US citizens aren't taught enough other languages, just dialects. Pfft.

This is terrific. I love the wind in juxtaposition, in close proximity, interest-wise by the male character, as the lotus is. :+favlove:

jade-pandora Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013

My goodness thank you so much for your appreciation, and for fav'ing the piece. :heart:


The language is Egyptian Arabic.  And yes, I agree with your statement.

xlntwtch Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013   Writer

Ahahaa. I hafta check in with those I watch now and then, y'know.

If I don't, I miss some fine work!

And you're always welcome.

jade-pandora Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013
chancerox Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
omg i love egyptian things so so much, and this does not disappoint (you never do!). your poem contain such a lovely old world elegance that so many writers seemed to have forgotten. 
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