Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Counting on Lebanon. [3iddo ma3e]

Bel Awwal...
- wa7ad ken 3am bi3edd iyyemo bel 7abess w aymtan byotla3.
- wa7ad ken 3am bi3edd sle7ato w swarikho w kamm 3adou bitayyir.
- wa7ad ken 3am bi3edd iyyemo bel manfa w aymtan byerja3 ta ysir ra2iss.
- wa7ad ken 3am bi3edd mosriyyeto w dolarato w ya rabb ykawtro.

Halla2, t7alafo shwayy w saro...

- wa7ad 3am bi3edd baddo ya3rif el 7a2i2a.
- wa7ad 3am bi3edd kamm yom sarlo bel cheri3.

w ana, men wa2ta la halla2, w men warahoun...
- 3am 3idd iyyem el ghorbeh.

this post reads:

At first,
One was counting days in prison, for the day he gets out.
One was counting his weapons and rockets and how many enemies he could kill.
One was counting his days in exile, for the day he returns to become president.
One was counting his moneys, hoping to multiply his dollars.

Now, they struck alliances and became...
One counting down to know the truth.
One counting how many days he's been in the street.

As for me... since, and because of them,
I'm counting my days abroad.

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At 1:29 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

ba3id hal ghaibey el tawileh... it is a really sad post... Hope you are ok... I hate the world and the planes - specifically; I prefer donkeys - coz they are taking my family and friends away

The Lebanese girl still stuggling in Lebanon

At 4:25 AM, Blogger Red said...

I love how you can tell so much with your drawings.

[I don't want to sound picky, but I think there might be one line missing from your translation, under the "At first" heading. Something about counting money, judging from your illustration...]

At 11:16 AM, Blogger gitanes legeres said...

_z... akh malla balad.. where ever we go it's always on our minds.. bil ghorbeh aktar shwey kamen.. hopefully enno kellon hal zou3ama yrou7ou 3al 7abes le2anno matra7on honik.. we need a clean beginning..

At 12:48 PM, Blogger Liliane said...

Well said Z.

At 4:11 PM, Blogger Krys said...

_z. wa2ef t3edd....byouja3ak rassak...w gher chi kamen (bas ma tefhama ghalat lol :D )

At 11:40 AM, Blogger Mar said...

Unfortunately, baddak t3idd w tmidd ba3d.

Was there last weekend.. shi b arrif.

Love your art though ;)

At 11:17 PM, Blogger _z. said...

I am ok and doing well, hope the same for you. do I know you? I feel that I know you.

thank you so much for your encouragement, and thanks for noticing a missing line in the translation. :)

we do need a clean beginning. I need to hear new family names in politics and in responsible positions. new names new educated ppl.

At 11:19 PM, Blogger _z. said...

thank you and welcome.

i can't... everything I care about is still there.

wlak missed you! where have you been all silent like that.

At 12:04 AM, Blogger Paul said...

sad but true.
counting the days for me to go back. let's actually say years. and hopefully not a lifetime.

At 1:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am not sure that we know each other. We might have a friend in common... coz I see the same people invading both blogs!

Leb girl in Leb

At 10:13 AM, Blogger Mirvat said...

love your drawings zouz.
khalas man ma ba2a t3idd. ana wa22afet we 3am jarrib to find a better life here for my family too in the future. mama is always hopeful and she never thinks about leaving home. yesterday she told me shakla farta farta ya mama, shou sar bihal greencard?
i think my new strategy is to forget about home and accept life here and if i had the chance to go back one day, it'll be a nice surprise :)

At 3:37 PM, Blogger Maya@NYC said...

very nice drawings and text _z.
esa mirvat is giving up on returning, we are doomed!
but i feel the wind of change is coming (again)... not that the outcome will be necessarily in our (lebanese) favor, but at least we can get out of this deadlock... i hope...

At 12:50 AM, Blogger Coco said...

Sad but true, I feel your pain.
And I share your opinion and Gitane's: "we do need a clean beginning. I need to hear new family names in politics and in responsible positions. new names new educated ppl."

At 11:15 AM, Blogger Eve said...

bitwajje3 Z. sometimes lezem tetrok kil yalleh baddo yetkassar, yetkassar, abel ma terja3 t2arreb min jdid

At 5:42 PM, Blogger Krys said...

sa3bé sa3bé ya coco ma nehna mechkletna eno el echya btente2il bel wiraté...ebn l neyeb siyésé w ebn l haramé serra2 w ebn l 2adé mou7amé....wel jil l m3allam li kharej l ri2assé wel siyessé...ye3ne the new blood we need, eh bye bye..hachal!!!

At 10:52 AM, Blogger * (asterisk) said...

I do enjoy your cartoons, _z. Keep it up!

At 12:10 PM, Blogger _z. said...

and the years keep on ticking don't they? you first left for 2 years... on a mission, to study or to do something in particular... then you look back and can't believe you've been away for so long.

I just got the impression that you knew me... well from your comment. nice "meeting you" though

At 2:35 PM, Blogger _z. said...

maya @ nyc_
thank you so much ladies. Indeed i think we all lost hope for the time being, even those who we thought would never even think of leaving, are now trying to look for another country to adopt them.

maya where do you see this wind of change. i don't see it anywhere.

At 2:42 PM, Blogger _z. said...

it is very sad indeed. what I said to gitanes is my wish and I am sure the wish of many other Lebanese. how to get there.. this is the question. I find it very hard to acheive with the ruling mentality.

hek 3am ba3mel... hek 3am ba3mel.

you're right. even if this generation comes back, they will be out of work, laughed at, and even mocked

thanks mate... much appreciated.

At 2:07 PM, Blogger Coco said...

Kent b2ellak kif we get there, bass my plan is very cruel, ya3ne ballish 7for bi hal ard w wassi3 ;)

Men zamen, kenet 3a toul oul enno it should be easy to put all these stupid syrians in one place and nfajjeroun (too much american movies, w the biggest fan of the A-Team here)

Krys, ma3ik 7a22 bi ossit el wirateh. 3eyshina w sheyfina w halakit ne3metna w ma ra7 netla3 menna ma3 enno saro el wertin ta7tel ared abel elli warratouhoun. Bass d'autre part, fi Lebneniyyeh bi Lebnen kharj y2oumo bi hal balad w iza n3ataloun majel ma bi assro w biyetla3 men idayoun balad yenrafa3 el rass fi. El meshekleh enno kell ma ybayyin mennoun shi mni7, jame3it el wirateh ma ghayroun bi soffouwoun 3a janab. Kermel heyk el 7all el wa7id neb7ash bi hal ared w nkammil 3alli be2you... eltellkoun I'm cruel :)


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