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Created by John Eipper on 03/27/09 11:02 AM - re-wais-another-blackberry-conversation-a-poem-massoud-malek-us-ex-iran

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re: WAIS: Another Blackberry Conversation: a Poem (Massoud Malek, US; ex-Iran) (John Eipper, USA, 03/27/09 11:02 am)

Massoud Malek sends these... Greetings from Africa. After reading many Blackberry stories, I felt that I should also write one. But instead of writing about the next world, I am writing about this one. Here is a short version: When I land in a distant place; I see a heart with a face. I see a boy with a toy; an old face with a slow pace. A crying girl from Bopal; turned into a sweet lady in Nepal. A poor man from Algeria; made a fortune in Nigeria. A white skin from Siberia; got darker in Liberia. A Christian from Tazmania; converts to Islam in Tanzania. His homeland is Azerbaijan; right now he lives in Abidjan. He is Arab and a Druze; he always lived among Jews. I met a Jew from Rabat; he was observing the sabat. I ate couscous in Marakesh; I had a cow in Bangladesh. Million gods are in a cow; my mantra is just vow! How? He paints for me in Bali; I trade with him in Mali. There are babushkas in Moscow; they crack jokes in Krakow. He was born in Pa Na Ma; the presidency went to O Ba Ma. Tibet greets you with tashee deleh; in France, they say allez, allez. In America, he is number one; in Iraq, he cries for a loved one. He plays for me his tuba; when I visit him in Cuba. She is acting in Hollywood; she can't be kissed in Bollywood. I met a geisha in Kyoto; she is actually a maiko. She smiled at me in Siam: I cried for her in Vietnam. She was gorgeous and a Czech; I kissed her, then said what the heck. She has no right in Arabia; we spent a night in Libya. I was walking in Medina; I fell in love with Sekina. She said to me: "Do not zena with me; instead nekah with me." I really don't know how to say; I like to stay in Orsay. She gives me fruits of Cezanne; we eat Swiss cheese in Lausanne. Poles call her the wise Aldona; to me, she is Madonna. In Rio, we just samba; in Rome, we mambo, then mamba. They claim she is from Ancient Greece; she even showed me her golden fleece. I tango with her in Argentina; I keep calling her Athena. I met her in Hawaii; she said she was Baha'i. We ate steak in Dallas; before gambling in Vegas. They greet me with a Ni-ha; when I arrive in China. She shows me a wall, an eye, and a knee; just to tell me "WO I NI." I met my wife in Samarkand; I gave her a nice wedding band. She follows fashion in Milan; covers her hair in Iran. JE comments: Well done (the poem, not the Bangladeshi or Texan steak)! Never before have I seen so much geography covered in verse. In his lyrical reflections, Massoud Malek brings up a valid, and very WAISly, point: why speculate about the Afterlife when there is so much that is mysterious and unexplained on our little planet? (I will show this poem to my Aldona, who is very wise, and just happens to work in Rochester, Michigan, the hometown of...you guessed it...Madonna.) I wish Massoud the best on his Africa travels, and hope he will share some thoughts (and photos) with us. -- For information about the World Association of International Studies (WAIS), and its online publication, the World Affairs Report, read its homepage by simply double-clicking on: http://wais.stanford.edu/ John Eipper, Editor-in-Chief, Adrian College, MI 49221 USA

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