Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Goodbye Al Ain

(Adapted from Margaret Wise Brown's classic children's bedtime story, Goodnight Moon)

In the great green oasis
There were some roundabouts
And some reddish dunes
And a picture of—

Sheikh Zayed sitting all alone

And there were camels and sheep and goats from the souq

And two shopping malls
And a few forts

And a lone mountain
And some dry wadis

And henna and incense and bowls full of dates

And calls from the muezzins echoing from the mosques

Goodbye Al Ain

Goodbye crescent moons

Goodbye sheikhs and sheikhas

Goodbye roundabouts
And reddish dunes

Goodbye camels
Goodbye souqs

Goodbye Carrefour
And goodbye forts

Goodbye taxis
And goodbye marble floors

Goodbye Jebel Hafeet
And goodbye wadis

Goodbye henna
And goodbye incense

Goodbye stray cats

Goodbye dates

And goodbye to the muezzins calling from mosques

Goodbye Buraimi

Goodbye desert air

Goodbye Al Ain friends everywhere


Lucy said...

This is awesome! It is a great adaptation of Goodnight Moon. It would make a great souvenir from the UAE. The pictures are wonderful.

nurse on duty said...

Awesome! A great combination of photography and poetry.

Angela said...

I like your version; it is sweet. You should publish it!

love.boxes said...

How beautiful. I've never seen a date tree before. What an amazing experience you must have had there. I wish we had "Peace Be With You" Road signs... that would be wonderful. :)

Jon, Wendy, Riley, Chris, and Jo said...

Hey, mj. We just stumbled across a link to your blog from another Al Ain blogger. Nice work. Why didn't you tell us?