September 28, 2023

The Butterfly Effect of Poetry

The Butterfly Effect of Poetry

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How Arab Civilisation is Built on Words

I have no credentials or any degree in literature to show off. I am merely sharing with you how I feel about a fascinating companion that has lived in my heart and mind for many years. And I am here today to tell you what might sound like a fairytale.

My relationship with poetry began long before I was born. It started when my mother decided to take a course in Ancient Arabic literature while she was pregnant. As you may have heard, while in the mother’s womb, a baby absorbs much of what his or her mother reads. The fact that my birthday miraculously coincided with her final exam, and that she missed the poetry exam to give birth to a poet, feels almost like a poem itself. And here the butterfly flaps its wings for the first time.
Poetry has long empowered me with a feeling that I would very much like to share with you. To explain it best, let me start by saying that the writer in me is an entirely different person and thinker to the one communicating with you today. When I write, I am smarter, better and more alive. This is the power of writing and what drew me to it.

What defines a poet? He or she is a person who chooses to merge a deep love of language with infinite possibilities in order to expand and create endless thoughts. He or she is someone who questions and answers for themselves and others.

When I write, I am smarter, better and more alive. This is the power of writing and what drew me to it.

Poetry is a state of mind in which humans can explore and analyse the world through their own words – testing it as if in a laboratory where reality meets imagination and language is the very formula with which we work. You are able to question creatively, assess rationally and translate transparently to make sense of the world around you and the world within you. There is a very special and intimate relationship between thought and words.

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