Tethligon

I lost a daughter today. Her eyes would never blink, her fingers would never grasp onto mine, and her peaceful smile would never grow into a heart-warming laugh. She was stillborn, as I’d known she would be, and my heart was wrenched nonetheless. “It’s a fluke,” the doctor had said a few days earlier, and…

The Militant and the Mufti

On August 5th, an assassination attempt targeted the country’s previous Grand Mufti, Ali Gomaa, only a day after the Army announced the death of Wilayat Sina’ (WS) leader Abu Duaa Al-Ansari. This may be a mere coincidence, but the two events tie up nicely when we learn that WS have often portrayed Gomaa as an…

Clash

After receiving praise in the Un Certain Regard portion of Cannes last May, Mohamed Diab’s latest movie, Clash (Ishtibak) is opening in theatres today. Yesterday, Diab lamented deliberate attempts to derail the commercial success of his enterprise, citing pressures from certain “agencies” to ensure the movie is a box office flop; pressures that led to…

For lack of a better word

In centuries of verse, I searched and sailed, For a phrase that’s terse, ’Stead of “love”, but failed.    For the word grew common, And m’lady somewhat bored, In her mind she’d sigh, “c’mon, Can’t you strum a different chord?”   But language was my weak spot, For lack of an edukashun, And Hippocrene was…

Impressions

I relate to Impressionist paintings. They mirror the everyday heroism of the ordinary individual. The artist does not seek perfection in every detail and yet, in totality, the grand effect is that of subtle beauty and a testament to fine adeptness. And like the peculiarities of everyday lives, the artist forgoes details, where details may…

Bereaved

A blip on the radar that blipped no more. Such was the insidious fate of MS804, and an analogy to life in general. Strutting and fretting our hour upon the stage until we are heard no more. The anguish in his voice was only as palpable as the apprehension in mine. I asked him if…

Islands in the Wind

Yes, this is yet another piece on Tiran and Sanafir. Discontinue reading if you’re quite fed up with the discussion. I do not question the legal status of the islands. That is not my purview. Although the exuberance of this quarrel reminded me of what one friend used to say about Egypt in 2011; that…