Tag Archives: Eastern Sudan

The Traffic Ballerina

1, 2, 3 step
1, 2, 3 step
turn
pivot
turn

arms
grandly
swooping
flailing
ushering
twisting

sweat dripping
sun scorching
skin burning
uniform sticking

hellos
and smiles
for donkey carts
and vans

1, 2, 3 step
1, 2, 3 step
turn
pivot
turn

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Afternoon Am’Maria Wedding

Exquisite women in colorful thobes
Nose rings, bangles, earrings
Men in jalabiyas and vests
Bravely carrying swords

Wailing, scratching, jubiliating saxophones
Thundering, beating drums
Dancing, prancing, racing horses
Shrilling, trilling crowds

With Love, from Kassala

Less than one month before Sudan’s long-awaited general election in April 2010, President Omar al-Bashir, with his usual campaign enthusiasm at a rally in Gezira, threatened to cutoff the fingers of international election observers and put them under his shoes.

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Fingers
Tongues
and toes
Will be no more
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Thanks, Bashir
I’ll be over here
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