Arabic Caligraphy

In 2018, Mr. Hajj Wafaa ran a course in Arabic calligraphy at Worcester Art Museum; I was the first to sign up. It was a pleasure to go back to my roots and learn how to write my mother tongue artistically. 

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Wish I Were A Bamboo
"If only I were like the bamboo tree, free of attachments. We cut off a part of its stalk and plant it, without roots, in any land. It does not take the stalk long to grow new roots. They grow again in a new land without a past, without a memory. It does not care about the different names people call it: kawayan in the Philippines, khayzaran in Kuwait or bamboo in other places."

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Amber Tears

Amber teardrops

Tug vines in light breeze

Daring to fly

- Poem by Maya Asbridge

دموع عنبرية 
تلعب بين اغصان الكرمة في النسيم
تحلم بالطيران

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Black Lotus

The Happiness of the lotus

flower is born from suffering

 

 

سعادة اللوتس تولد من المعانة

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Sighs of Iraq

"I am a tired heart

Just like Jerusalem, just like Damascus

Just like love in the hands of separation

There is unbearable sadness in you

You are the sighs of Iraq."

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