Roads

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Roads

The green road leads to somewhere..
tree-lined with butterflies flitting in the flowers;
it promises life.

The blue road appears to end underwater
but it’s just an illusion, as it stretches on and down,
a soothing oblivion.

They intersect at some point along their way
one heading into the forest, one plunging into the lake
You can always choose… which one is for you.

Karima Hoisan
July 18, 2018
Karak, Jordan

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The Last Hour of Light

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I want to record the breeze in the afternoon…
The last hour of light,
sitting in the entry -way,
shelling green hummus, eating them raw like peanuts,
passing the black coffee around in a pink thermos,
to half -fill tiny cups,
while small flocks of desert wrens,

fly away into the backyard.
The sky is changing right before our eyes;
that pink and blue baby hue and then, from down the hill,
the call to prayer comes wafting to our ears
like chanted incense.

Karima Hoisan
June 20, 2018
Karak, Jordan

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Moved to Tears

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Moved to Tears

In the concert of our lives,
sometimes those minor changes
make tears blur our eyes.
Perhaps something was just too beautiful
to comprehend dry-eyed.
Maybe it was too painful,
too hopeless,
too unkind…
and we hear the music of strings surround us
and our eyes pour out our souls,
so everyone can see it, and everyone knows.

Sometimes we play in the symphony;
we sway and lose ourselves,
in the beauty that surrounds us.
But sometimes, we are asked to sit
beyond the orchestra pit,
a mere observer, swept away by the next movement.
In the audience, we are in passive awe
as the music crescendos,
and our tears, from that deep place, begin to flow.

If I could play the cello, I would strive to be first chair,
with my eye on the conductor, playing my heart out;
while,
simultaneously from the audience,
I am being moved to tears,
by such an impassioned solo.

Karima Hoisan
June 14, 2008
Karak, Jordan

*Footnote: I felt this way when I was flying into Amman at 2am, the first time back in 9 years. The sprawling city looked like diamonds, with a thick gold necklace traversing the broaches, and pins. So beautiful…..then tears:)
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All That Lost Time

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  All That Lost Time

Press my forehead in the sand like days gone by.
Let it swallow me and all my memories tonight.
Do I contemplate the stars, or are they contemplating me?
Standing in the chilly wind; the desert hills stretch endlessly.

It seems that Time has stopped and started all around me
Nothing’s changed and yet nothing is the same.
All the children, grown, some have careers, some moved away
Like strangers who I’ve loved for years, and yet, do not know them today.

If I could drag two regions, and make them one like we can in virtual worlds,
Request this move, from the powers that be, so that they now border each other,
I would join Costa Rica to the Jordan Valley and cross back and forth unencumbered
and not allow nine years to pass, all that lost time, that can never be recovered.

Karima Hoisan
June 1, 2018
Karak Jordan

 

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Our Latest Movie!

Hi everyone,
Hope you will enjoy this, our 26th collaboration:
Its a very different style for us, to showcase Nat’s gorgeous photography.
Please see her blog for much more background and my past posts:Here is the poem:

Here is the movie and Nat’s post below: Have fun:)
Use Google if you don’t speak German. Well-worth translating
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Ramadan Kareem! Ramadan Mubarak!

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Ramadan Gift (Triple Cinquain) 


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As one

our family

breaking fast with prayers
  all kneeling in our living room
sublime

“Allah!”
my brother’s voice
now an angel chanting
tears blur my eyes in ecstasy
divine

Silence
our bodies speak
perfection in movement
heads press the floor in unity
Amen

Karima Hoisan
Jordan 2007

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Zwischen Nacht und Nirgendwo

“Zwischen Nacht und Nirgendwo”
“Between Night and Nowhere”

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Photo by Natascha

This phrase came from a fever dream Natascha had, while being quite ill and when she told me about it, all the lights of inspiration went blinking off in my head. I found the phrase intriguing, compelling and more than that, I found it challenging as well as inspiring.

After she described the whole dream, seeing her father again, asking him questions, in a garden of her childhood, I was inspired to write this poem for her…but not until, I too had an image to join with hers, one of my country, Costa Rica, in the time of burning off the cane. I saw in my mind, that we were riding through a smokey, hazy rural landscape, that is very representative of my Costa Rica, in the month of March; the heat of the burning fields was in harmony with her burning fever. You can read the poem here, from my original blog post about just the poem I posted in March. From Nat’s dream, it became this poem, and like magic, my 15th world on Kitely – Virtual Worlds on Demand was born!

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The Beginning: That magic stage when all is possible  

I invite you to listen to the poem recited to some slow roadster traveling Blues:)
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If you follow the instructions on the notecard, inworld, you should hear this playing on your media stream, when you set off to tour.
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I had to stop myself from taking too many pictures:) On the one hand I don’t want to spoil anything for those Hyper-gridders, who actually make it to this world, but on the other hand, I know many of you might not come, because you have yet to experience the wonders of Opensim and the Hypergrid that connects us all. Let this world then, be your introduction!
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The NPC chauffeur is mild-mannerd, mostly competent and keeps his eyes on the road!
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The main hacienda house and courtyard passes by…
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Up and up we go…..

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Photo by Natascha of a part of her build

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When the chauffeur drops you off, you are encouraged to see the rest of the build on horseback. You can copy and ride one and take it with you. Once again, I applaud the  act of sharing that we find in Opensim. What was shared with me, I will share with you…
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If you keep following the road and signs you will discover both Nat’s dream build and mine right after. Both are very different and yet, they combine and harmonize at the summit of between the night and nowhere.

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Photo by Natascha

I want to thank Dale Innis, once again, for being such an excellent virtual building partner and scripter, and to get our roadster to actually climb up and down instead of horizontally or vertically plowing through the mountain pass or taking us upside down and underground like it wanted to do at first…see photo:
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I want to thank all the world builders on the Hypergrid, who make such amazing stuff and allow us scavengers to pick and choose and take home with us in our suitcases, so many wonderful treasures to be recycled again and again in creative ways.

Last and most importantly, I want to thank my film partner and creative twin, Natascha Randt, for having such a cool and amazing dream. This is a real first for me…that someone else’s dream, could inspire me to go crazy and create a world where it could be showcased. Nat did a really incredible job, building and bringing this dream and installation alive. I just swirled a world around it and made a way to get to it…:) In the end…the two of us built our fantasies, Zwischen Nacht und Nirgendwo.

Come experience it for yourselves. Here is the world page from Kitely, which will tell you how to get there and what to do, when you arrive:)
https://www.kitely.com/virtual-world/Karima-Hoisan/Between-The-Night-and-Nowhere
I hope those who have seen it, will make a few short comments here, on my blog, of your impressions.
If you would enjoy a guided tour (with me or with Nat) just contact us and let us know:)

ENJOY!!!!

 

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