Fadlabi - A Poem About The Firefly <|>
Chapter I


A- Bernal and the roots of greek vocabulary
"Bernal believes that anything up to a 25% of the greek vocabulary could be traced to semitic origins. This together with 40-50 percent that seem to be Indo-European, still left a quarter to a third of the greek vocabulary unexplained. After researching for four years, as late as 1979, Bernal could trace that 25% to Egypt."
B- The congress of black writers and artists choosing Picasso over African artists for their poster
- The Congress of Black Writers and Artists 1959: The poster for the event had a drawing by Picasso.
C- Picasso and cubism
- Picasso's African Period, which lasted from 1906 to 1909, was the period when Pablo Picasso painted in a style which was strongly influenced by African sculpture. This period, which followed his Blue Period and Rose Period, has also occasionally been called the Negro Period [1] or Black Period.
- In the early 20th century, African artworks were being brought to Paris museums in consequence of the expansion of the French empire into Africa. The press was abuzz with exaggerated stories of cannibalism and exotic tales about the African kingdom of Dahomey. The mistreatment of Africans in the Belgian Congo was exposed in Joseph Conrad's popular book Heart of Darkness. It was natural in this climate of African interest that Picasso would look towards African artworks as inspiration for some of his work; his interest was sparked by Henri Matisse who showed him a mask from the Dan region of Africa.[2]
In May or June 1907, Picasso experienced a "revelation" while viewing African art at the ethnographic museum at Palais du Trocadéro.[3] Picasso's discovery of African art influenced the style of his painting Les Demoiselles d'Avignon (begun in May 1907 and reworked in July of that year), especially in the treatment of the two figures on the right side of the composition.
Although Les Demoiselles is seen as the first Cubist work, Picasso continued to develop a style derived from African art before beginning the Analytic Cubism phase of his painting in 1910. Other works of Picasso's African Period include the Bust of a Woman (1907, in the National Gallery, Prague); Mother and Child (Summer 1907, in the Musée Picasso, Paris); Nude with Raised Arms (1907, in the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Madrid, Spain); and Three Women (Summer 1908, in the Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg).

when Picasso did his first drawings, he directly copied details of the sculptures he collected. this is a photo in his studio. check the upper left corner and you will find some of the sculptures.


Chapter II

A poem about the firefly
Yesterday I touched a firefly
and rolled in the lap of a beautiful white tiger
I was the nearest a man could be to his homeland
I said to her:
"Good evening"
I squeezed her hand and it felt familiar
like some clay with no sins
All the birds walked within me
those with the red combs
the transparent ones
the long necked
the white ones
and the green winged
the blue necked
and the yellow legged
She was capable of flying but she didn't!
as if inside me was a delight lust
on my skin walked the gentle ants
and in my soul I felt a corner that smells of a hug
And she had a sea that I cannot swim but I always did
I dive into it like a book
Mureed's Lust occupies me
and The Chaos of Ahlam
I recall their names for they are
the good ones
I do, for they are the prophets
She said to me
(Like she was pulling the rock of her chest):
I love you..
God answered:
I saw the light as if it was real
The night was darker than my skin
in her voice lived the birds from all the songs by Fairuz
the birds that fly around the edge of earth
in my chest were the drums of Manu Chao
and the Waterwheel of Hamza El-din
I recall their names for they are
the good ones
I do, for they are the prophets
Had the flute heard her voice it would quit
it will try to emitate her
If I say her name
I will burn of joy
and people will sniff my ashes
like cocaine

Chapter III
Sudan was "independent" since 1956


Here is a photo of miss Khartoum 1958: