By adel bishtawi


God created heavens and earth,
But His work was not done,
Nor did He rest on the sixth day,
Until he created woman.


On the 7th day,
God called his daughter,
“My work was finished,
When your work began,
And from the womb I gave you,
You will create your man,
And the moment you are two,
Forever and ever,
You’ll belong to him,
And forever and eve
He’ll belong to you.”


Dearest father, said the daughter,
What you asked is done,
But both of us are weak,
And we’ll be alone,
And I’m afraid,
To wake up one day,
And find he is gone,
The only one,
I want to need,
The only one I want to love,
Is you,
Whose help shall I seek,
If that becomes true,
And you are away,
What then will I do?

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About the author

Adel Bishtawi

Adel S (Said) Bishtawi was born in Nazareth, Palestine, 1945. He read English Literature at Damascus University, attended short courses of familiarisation of languages including Latin, German and Russian, and attended a course in Linguistics at the Central London Polytechnic.

Adel published more than 20 books in both English and Arabic. the last of which is Only When Desire Screams co-authored by Selvi Sado. A journalist since the late 1960s, he became Front Page Editor of Al Arab Newspaper (London), the first pan Arab Newspaper launched in Europe. In 1978, he joined Jihad Al Khazin in launching Asharq Al Awsat Newspaper (London) as Business and Supplements Editor. In 1980, he was appointed Central Managing Editor of the Emirates News Agency in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. In 1988, he joined Jamil Mrowa (who later re-launched the Daily Star in Beirut in 1996) in London for the re-launch of Al Hayat Newspaper and continued under the editorship of Jihad Al Khazin until he left in April 2001 to dedicate what is left of his time to literary and historical writing. as well as investigating origins by means of historical and etymological linguistics.

Adel produced and co-produced a number of TV documentaries. He produced, directed and wrote “Muslims along the Silk Road”, a five part-60-minutes-each documentary tracing Muslim culture and heritage and the legacy of Muslim pioneers and merchants along the Silk Road starting from China.

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