One Cup

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                                        The Painting”One Cup” by Dale Innis
Please click play to hear me recite my poem to music

For My Family in Jordan

Harsh lands bring soft embraces,
Here we all drink from one cup.
Before we put our share to our mouths,
We make sure there is enough.

Oven winds bake a glaze on my face,
While dry eyes squint to the sky.
Two leathered hands sift Martian sands,
I can’t pull away yet, and I know why.

Destiny’s prisoner, I smile and submit,
While drying out my soul is refreshed.
The cool realization; I am where I should be
Makes me know I am doubly blessed.

I choose to stay, in an open doorway,
Trembling ~ indecisive, but I don’t leave.
Feels like a premonition or a déjà vu,
On impulse I cancel my flight of reprieve.

Harsh lands bring soft embraces,
Here we all drink from one cup.
Before we put our share to our mouths,
We make sure there is enough.

Karima Hoisan
Karak Jordan
2006

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59 Responses to One Cup

  1. jsimpsonpoet says:

    Double WOW! Magnificent poem, music and reading.

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  2. daleinnis says:

    Lovely and nostalgic, so beautifully expressed!

    (And I’m honored again to have provided an image to go with your verse and your voice.)

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  3. johncoyote says:

    A wonderful poem dear Karima. Years I ago. I spend time in Jordan. I enjoyed my time in the country. The people were very kind to me.

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  4. I have no doubt you are:):)

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  5. stolzyblog says:

    very nice… the arabic drumming builds a specific environment for the imagination.

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  6. Harlin Meza says:

    ¡Hermoso!

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  7. macalder02 says:

    Los versos son el canto de la vida misma, en su pasado y en su presente, que se vuelve imagen vívida y eterna. Una evocación muy sentida. Estupendo poema que nos llega al fondo del corazón.

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  8. KK says:

    So beautiful, and so nostalgic poem, with perfect rhyming. I can feel the rhythm. Lovely one, Karima 👌👌❤️❤️

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  9. Navin says:

    “Oven winds bake a glaze on my face” …what a line in your style….I read your poem first & then I listened to it…you’ve this ability to be in the zone, Karima…to connect with the words that you’ve written…a combination of exquisite lines, beautiful music & amazing voice…a memorable tribute to your family in Jordan 🧡

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    • You made me smile, my friend…when I wrote that line, I wondered if people would find it odd, but honestly it felt like that, when a hot blast of air, just hit you head on..So happy that line stayed with you:) The music keeps me in the zone, and allows me to visually put myself back in the moment. I admit, music is my crutch..but it’s a crutch that works and helps to elevate my poetry when I record it. Naveen, so glad you liked it all together…I try to create a mood using those three elements, and it makes me smile to read approving words like yours. Some of my family commented on fb but they loved it alhamdulillah. I never showed it to them in 2006:) 🙏🌹❤️

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      • Navin says:

        You’re very welcome, Karima…Those three elements worked so well…that line is simply amazing…I could actually picture that…glad your family also liked the poem…your creation 💫💟✨

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  10. swadharma9 says:

    a beautiful poem, pulls me right into that old desert magic🙏🏼i love your reading with the very cool music backing you. exquisitely communicated🙏🏼❤️🙏🏼thank you💕

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  11. I think this is definitely one of my favorites of yours, Karima – just stunning writing and reading.


    David

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  12. A great piece of writing, beautifully descriptive. There are places that capture us and even hold us in some way after leaving. We call this hiraeth, it is something more than homesickness, a love of somewhere that we never really let go. This made lovely reading.

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    • Oh love the explanation for hiraeth and yes, these years always creep back into the present through my poetry. More than nostalgia. just a yearning and a desire to never forget and keep it fresh and still vital in me. Thank you for understanding that David…What a wonderful comment you left for me:)

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  13. calmkate says:

    Glad to hear you so proud of your country I visited many moons ago, fascinating place and people 🙂

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  14. DzinWiz Babii says:

    I especially liked the unity and respect conveyed for your family… felt every bit as if I was witnessing tradition. Amazing that a piece written so long ago was revived upon Dale introducing yet another artistic piece. I’ll dare say, your collaborations have elevated into an even more beautiful and spontaneous back and forth, for which we are ever delighted to view and hear. Beautiful!

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    • Hey Sis Diz:) Aww I knew you would feel this..that’s what it’s all about in a tradition that is old as the desert itself. Oh yes, Dale is becoming legendary creating these wonderful image through AI prompts. Yes it’s a win/win of collaboration, but then it has been for quite awhile in the area of world building.. Thank you so much Sis for reading listening and coming all the way here to comment. Big Hugs.

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  15. Jeff Flesch says:

    That’s a beautiful poem, reading, and painting. All three amazing. I love the line that repeats, the sense of community and reverence is special, Karima.

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    • Thank you so much Jeff, and though nowadays it’s more metaphorical than actual to drink from one cup (Covid) but the idea that if we need to split a grape 6 ways so all get their share…is still very much alive and I love that tradition so much. Thank you for your enjoyment and for commenting. Have a great week ahead.

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  16. scottius says:

    Really feel like I am transported to these lands, that’s how well you capture the spirit! Well done (as always)

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  17. Nada Mahadin says:

    Amazing Karima as usual , words really mean alot to all of us, touch our hearts and make us appreciate every single moments we have shared together and what we will inshalla ❤.

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    • My dear Nada, yes, I know words specifically and poetry as a means of expression are very important in the Arabic culture…and in our family in particular. Yes all moments we shared have left indelible memories..memories that still vividly live inside of me…InshAllah we will make many more in the coming year…Behebkee, kteer❤️

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  18. Linda Bass says:

    Gorgeous wordsmithing. It made me wistful for all of us who miss special places and the people that we shared them with.

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    • Awww thank you Linda, oh yes, I think about times like this a lot. These are the moments that we remember…those little details that were etched into us like eternal tattoos..because they were special and unforgettable. Hugs you.

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  19. This is such a beautiful poem, Karima!

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  20. kindfeelings says:

    Your calm voice created the perfect atmosphere for this poem, I felt like I was in the desert. Great job.

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  21. Dear Karima Hoisan,

    It seems that you have intoxicatingly relived your time spent in Al-Karak at west-central Jordan. What a strong and somewhat haunting recitation you have given us! The music is a very apropos sonic backdrop to your narration of the poem. Well done!

    In my very detailed, multipronged and poignant examination of mortality and filiality in my expansive post entitled “Khai & Khim: For Always and Beyond Goodbye“, I have recounted the following experience:

    On a fine day in the early 2010s, at the Abbey Medieval Festival in Caboolture, North Brisbane, I asked a few folks out of curiosity what they considered my racial or cultural origin to be, whereupon they mistook me to be a Jordanian, much to my surprise and amusement. Admittedly, their conclusion, largely based on my appearance (and perhaps my accent), could have also been influenced by the fact that I was wearing what seemed to be an ethnic hat with a very long and draping tassel attached to the top.

    You are welcome to peruse my said post, which you can easily locate from the Home page of my blog. I welcome your input and feedback there, as I am certainly very keen and curious about what you will make of my said post.

    Thank you for composing this latest post of yours entitled “One Cup” as we enjoy the final month of autumn in November.

    Wishing you a productive November and a wonderful weekend doing or enjoying whatever that satisfies you the most, whether intellectually, artistically, physically or spiritually!

    Yours sincerely,
    SoundEagle

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  22. rajkkhoja says:

    So wonderful poem. Nice & interested words use in poem.

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  23. Hoyt says:

    I love this and don’t remember ever seeing it before. And always the underlying Karima Hoisan…”Destiny’s prisoner; I smile and submit.”

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  24. Thank you so much Hoyt..and you’re right, I never did this one in a reading..I hope you enjoyed listening to it… I love your comments…Thank you for this one!

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