We’ve almost finished up National Poetry Month with the end of April in our sights, and also, my series this week for it. However, I’ve committed myself to including poetry highlights here at least one to two (or more) times a month ongoing as time permits. It’s been such a pleasure to host something I love here so much, poetry and poets!
Today, Nada Adel Sobhi is here with a poem that I just love. She wrote this over a year ago, and yet, if you know my own work and thoughts, it might seem almost as if she’s channeling my thoughts with her utilization of breathing, water, and women’s empowerment. This is what the universe does, which is fascinating. I’ve read this over several times, thinking about it – it’s so powerful!
Nada is from Egypt and manages the Nadaness in Motion blog as well as monthly writing prompt called “Takhayyal/Imagine,” which is how I first met her on Twitter when she read my own collection. Since then, we’ve become friends and are able to talk and share in the poetry and writing world together and I’m enjoying getting to know her. She’s an amazing strong individual with such talent.
by Nada Adel Sobhi
Feet on the scorching sand
I edge forward
Crystal clear blue water beckons me
But the glittering blue takes that away
My eyes open, but unseeing
My mind jumping between a million thoughts
The cold banishes them,
Send them to the back of my mind
They can linger there
Till they’re needed – if needed
The cold water calls me to the present
While the sun burns my head
I know what I must do
My lower body acclimates to the water
Urging me forward
I close my eyes
And let go
Cold drenches my sensitive, warm scalp
But I ignore it
Till my lungs beg for breath,
Releasing my pent up air
I feel it
Taking another breath
I go in again
Fish greet me as one of their own
How do they know?
The cold water caresses me
Driving away all the negativity,
Anxiety, worry, anger,
It draws them out
And drives them into the darkening depths,
Filling me with life, strength.
Rising from the water
My morning plans change.
I know what I want and need to do
Something I have long deserted,
Threw in the back of my mind
When it should have been at the forefront
With nothing but the moon and stars to guide me
I’ll reawaken the magic,
The witch within.
Nada Adel Sobhi, Biography –
Born in Cairo, Egypt, Nada Adel Sobhi is a poet, writer, book blogger, translator, journalist, and most importantly a lover of chocolate and all things paranormal.
Nada earned her BA in English Language and Literature from Cairo University in 2009. She was the editor of her department’s student poetry and creative writing magazine “The Muse” from 2006 till 2015, and the Editor-in-Chief of HR-focused HR Revolution Middle East e-zine.
Nada currently blogs about her writing, including poetry, book reviews, author interviews, and a monthly writing prompt called “Takhayyal/Imagine” on her Nadaness In Motion blog.
Nada’s poetry has been published in Scripting Change’s projects, “Beyond the Words” (2014) and “Breaking Free” (2016), the proceeds of which go to charity. Her poem “Remember” was published in Paragram’s poetry anthology under the same name in 2015.
Nada is also an editor and translator with over 6 years of experience with the language pairs English – Arabic – English. She is currently the managing editor of Mubasher.info’s English portal providing economic, financial, and stock market-related news for the Middle East.
Get in touch with Nada and stay up to date with the latest news on books, authors, and Takhayyal via Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn.
And check out her wonderful Nadaness in Motion website!
Thank you, Nada!!