Showing posts from March, 2015

Monday Art Link Up #1

Art Mondays Hi, and welcome to a brand new link up! I very much enjoy link ups, as I get to find new blogs and share my posts with others. However, though I frequent two great poetry link ups, I couldn't seem to find art ones. So, I made my own! I hope you will join me and share your blog posts and artwork! You can find the rules here.
Sketches from Morocco This week, I share with you some of my art from Morocco. I stayed there with friends a few weeks ago, and managed to fit in a bit of sketching time.

Now it's your turn! Link up your recent artwork blog post, and be sure to visit other bloggers' posts!
Please leave a comment after linking.

Poem Sketching - Song of Sorrow

Song of Sorrow
Kicking around pine cones It's cold, the wind Pushes raindrops against my face Beating, tiny notes of music Lamenting.
Would it not be wondrous - grow wings, fly up, add notes - the soft dancing notes of a tambourine.
Poetry Prompt From Imaginary Garden with Real Toads, using the revisited Poem Sketching prompt.
Word group used: pines, tambourines, raindrops, wings

Translation Thursday - Arabic Poetry

Al-Saddiq Al-Raddi, Moubarak Ouassat, Mahmoud DarwishArabic Poetry in Translation

If you are a new reader on my blog, you may not know that I love Arabic, and am currently learning the language. The above picture was taken in Morocco, when I travelled there two weeks ago with two friends. It made sense for me to continue on the Arabic theme and share some Arabic poetry today.

Moubarak Ouassat The first poem I am linking to isPerplexité. The poem is available in Arabic, with a translation in French (translated by the poet), but an English one does not seem to be available. Here is a quote from the poem:

Et de quoi peut rêver  Un oiseau Que peut l’arbre Après que la pluie Ait été reportée

Now, here is my (rough!) translation for you non-French speakers:
And of what can dream
A bird
What can do the tree
After the rain
Has been delayed

It's a pretty rough translation - the first line is not great, grammatically, but I wanted to keep the bird on his own line. For the tree line, I used the verb &…

10 Things to See in Morocco

Ten Must-Sees of Morocco
At the end of February, I travelled to Morocco with two other bloggers: Chloe and Joy - we all currently live in the same town. Morocco had been on my travel list for quite a while, so I was very excited when the plane landed and I realised I was on Moroccan soil.

I will of course be writing about various aspects of our trip, but this post will concentrate on the highlights - ten, to be exact. Enjoy!

I'm in Morocco! What now?1
 If, like us, you arrive late in the evening (thanks, Orly technical glitch, for the hour and a half delay!), you will need to have dinner. Luckily, eating out is nice and cheap. Since you are saving so much money, I'm sure you won't mind slipping a few morsels of food to the local cat.

After a good night's sleep, you don't want to linger in your hotel room! Get your camera ready and go have a stroll in the gardens (getting a good look at the Koutoubia Mosque (جامع الكتبية) on your way)

The Saadian Tombs are very p…