Tuesday, January 25, 2011

No. 0985 Mad about Rain

"A crown is merely a hat that
lets the rain in"
- Frederick the Great
In a water scarce country such as Egypt, water comes at a greater price than other places on earth. Unlike the song about rain that I grew up with in Canada "Rain, Rain Go Away, Come Again Another Day", Egyptians sing a slightly different version, which is basically --- BRING IT ON! Show me what you got skies!

The mad song goes like this,
"Ye matera, ye matera, ruhi ruhi, ala ara2at bint okhti" Come rain, come rain, hurry hurry, fall on the bald head of my niece.
(go figure...?)

This year, Egypt has seen an unprecedented amount of rainfall - more than I can recall in any year previous year I've been here. But I saw my first Egyptian rainbow last week, and its fabulous arch painted the entire sky. Let's hope for more rainbows.

One thing is for sure, after the rain is gone -
Cairo shines and sparkles from washing away all the dirt.

A final thought I leave you with today Egypt:
from e.e.cummings: A wind has blown the rain away and blown the sky away and all the leaves away, and the trees stand. I think, I too, have known autumn too long.

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