Things to do in the Egyptian Desert Resort During a Wind Storm El Gouna 17
Blog Post by Elmaz Abinader - May.27.2010 - 9:45 am
- Open the door, let the wind throw your curtains into the room, walk onto the terrace, let your hair whip like fan blades
- Lie on the floor, after yoga, read poetry from cover to cover, speak the words aloud. Say "I am as lazy as the Zambesi,/"
- Move the crocodile made of towels to the other side of the bed, slip under the covers, check all the channels. Shut it off.
- Give you sister a list
- Step out to the terrace again, amazed that the two children counting in German are louder than the wind.
- Write the chapter about home, not yours, hers
- Take the call that says the friend you were hoping to see is not coming afterall. The airport is closed
- Plan another workshop. This one on a mountainside in Jordan. Great writing will come
- Take the new chapter idea right through the end zone. You finally have it. Go.Go.
- Swap out the picture to one of the dog.
- Look at the sky, the big blank wall of dust, terra cotta. The world inverted, a friend says
- Remember to log the phone numbers.
- Practice the correct pronunciation
- Change your hotel in Beirut.Turns out that one wasn't very clean--lots of gross reviews Pay more
- Yoga, again. This time restorative.
- Enjoy several phone calls, knowing that on the other side of each conversation is longing.
- Collect your drying laundry from the terrace..it blew into the corners. it's dirty again.
- Create a collection of jazz songs that help you write. Roy Hargrove first, Horace Silver right behind
- Read about a television show you have never watched.
- Remember the girl shot by the cop. That was a television show as well.
- Feel the dust in your hair. You think of an image that is it. The chapter is finished.
- Wait for the internet to connect. It's slower now. Knows your finished.
- Hope that the folks in Palestine can attend the writing workshop. You are always hearing the echoes but not the voices.
- Describe your day as good...different
- Remember that tonight behind the curtain of dust, the layer of earth, in the sky. The moon is full and you are in the desert
Elmaz's books, Children of the Roojme, a Family's Journey from Lebanon and In The Country of My Dreams... , as well as her play, Country of Origin, illustrate personal lives of Arabs and Arab Americans negotiating hostile terrain, cultural polarities,...
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