And the night shall be filled with music,
And the cares, that infest the day,
Shall fold their tents, like the Arabs,
And as silently steal away.
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807 – 1882)
Still eyes look coldly upon me,
Cold voices whisper and say --
'He is crazed with the spell of far Arabia,
They have stolen his wits away.'
—Walter de la Mare (1873 - 1958)
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Monthly Archives: June 2012
Black cat at Farasan Island on the Red Sea.
A fancy resort. Once inside, Western dress prevails. And the inevitable cat, in poor health, but with a jaunty attitude, arrives right on schedule.
The cat will get closer.
At first glance, it appears to be a flock of doves, fluttering in the air.
Looking more closely, though, a sharp bit of social and political criticism appears.
Upon each dove is the document Saudi women are required to have in order to travel. The travel document carries the permission of the woman’s male guardian – husband, father, uncle, perhaps even teen-aged son. The artist was able to solicit the documents from Saudi women with prestigious positions within society: doctors, engineers, teachers, and so on. Even the most capable of Saudi women, responsibly spreading their wings, are bound. They are as much fixed in place as the doves statically suspended in the air. Brava, Manal Al Dowayan!
Via John Burgess at Crossroads Arabia.
For more of Manal’s work, see her website.