ايــام الـمـاريـنـز ...Divan Review

Since I promised Tom Tom that I'm gonna write a review about Divan "أيــام الـمـاريـنـز" or "The Days of The Marines", here's One =p

First of all, this may mean nothing to those who are really into poetry .. since I'm not really that into Arabic poems except for the pure Arabic ones 'n not the local types .. O alSo cuz I'm far much more interested in EngliSh Poetry
& I know that this Review might B too late , but I have a good excuse .. this Divan was 1st published in 1992, back then I was only 2 yrs Old & there's no way I could've written a review about it back then =p

Some may argue that I'm not qualified 2 write such review .. but u know what !! that's just my opinion ..this is how I see it & u don't really have 2 agree, and I quote "Honest disagreement is often a good sign of progress." -Mohandas Gandhi .
I'm not gonna be so picky, for this is the 1st review I write about a Divan =p

Enjoy ....

The Author of "أيــام الـمـاريـنـز" is Dr. Zafer AL-Ajmi . "أيــام الـمـاريـنـز" ,or if I may say "The Days of The Marines", consists of 28 poem in 69 pages, ranging in length from intermediate to Short .

The Author presented his poems in a way that seems 2 B more like some one's writing his diaries *I could B wrong about this one, Since I always seem 2 understand stuff upside down =s*, preceding pretty much each poem with a date & a brief description of the situation or the story behind the poem itself .

One of the things I liked about the poems in this Divan is that once u read a poem or two you'll definitely B able 2 tell that this poet has got a military background.he used some military terms & often mentioned weapons' names here & there.
I dunno if this is usual in Local "folk" poetry, but I liked it .. it makes it special & unique .

As you go through this Divan you'll realize that this is the poetry of a man who feels he has been betrayed .. a man who is longing 2 land a foot in his country .. a man who so badly wants 2 take a role in regaining his country's stolen freedom

The words were written with such simplicity, yet with grace & purity, through which the poet managed to say so much & describe some very profound principles & deep feelings

in his poem, titled "ليلة الهجوم البري" he says :

لا تسل عن همومي يا رفيق السلاح دام باكر بلدنا ندخل حدودها
أنا طفلٍ بليل العيد و ابطى الصباح كيف تهنا البشر ذا الليل برقودها
أتحرى عمود الصبح لامنه لاح و أرجفت جبهة التحرير برعودها

I have to admit, I very much liked this part .. he very nicely managed to express a very exquisite feeling ... I find this part very touching

though I like most of the poems in this Divan, I'm not so fond of the titles of the poems .. dunno .. Ya3ni though the poems are laden with a lot of feelings ranging from anger to bitterness & longing, I thought the titles of the poems were very devoid of feelings & found them rather cold =s
.. pretty much the exact opposite of the poems themselves .

"قائد قوات التحرير الكويتية"

Nothing against anyone but it's just that I don't like such poems .. I have a certain perspective about them
In General, I think that the talent of poetry have been exploited too much throughout ages .. especially in our Arab world & that is especially in the arena of praise & diatribe, because such poems may be subject to the poet's own passion & inclination ... it's so hard to be objective

& sometimes I have doubts about how honest is what is in front of me .. so I'd rather avoid such poems instead of getting in a conflict with my thoughts about whether 2 Believe it or not .. whether it expresses true pure feelings or just compliments & flattery, for poetry can sometimes be so tricky making things that are not, as though they were
And I know that some of you could argue that when you deepen in the words & between the lines .. you'll manage to feel it .. you'll feel it if it's true & is exuding from the heart .

for instance, in the author's poem "معركة جوية" I feel that he's probably proud of his fellow countryman .. it's not like he's just complimenting his pal's nicely done mission

If you're not familiar with some Bedouin words *dunno if I can call 'em bedouin =s * .. just like me .. you're gonna need ur dictionary nearby

One more thing .. I'm pretty sure I found very few spelling mistakes, & I blame the editors for missing some very obvious ones
this is one of them :Proud American Trough Reade Nees In Our Tomorrow
Should've been like this :Proud American Through Readiness in Our Tomorrow =p

After all, I did enjoy reading every word for it carries pure passion & will .. I mostly liked the description, feeling, memory & rhyme =]

Finally, This Divan is highly recommended for it documents some of the happenings during The Iraqi Invasion of Kuwait & 1st Gulf war .. the happiest & the saddest moments in the eyes of a Kuwaiti citizen .. a Kuwaiti soldier

as for the Kuwaitis who witnessed the Iraqi Invasion of Kuwait, I bet that some of the words in this Divan will enter into your soul & strike you as a wording of your own thoughts & feelings .. phrases that express what you might have felt back then ...

Rating :7/10

I'll leave you with some of the best things I read in this Divan …


كنا بذرا الدخان باطراف الكويت و باقصى المدى بانت حدود المدينه
عشت الغضب و الحزن و بشوق حسيت وشعور من حطوا مناه بيدينه
بثورة عواطف ما لها حد مريت (و من فارق الخلان الله يعينه)
العرفج العطشان اسقوه بالزيت و الرمل وجناته شحوب حزينه
و الطير ضيع في الظلام المواقيت عند الضحى باعشاشها مستكينه
ياغلى بلد عهدي به اليوم اوفيت الخوف راح انتي بايدي أمينه

I love .. love love this last part in bold .. Bravo Dr.Zafer

in "على حدود الوطن" he says :

قصف يشتتهم مثل ثاير الريش يشيب منه اللي بسن الفطامي
و اصف باقيهم بطابور تفتيش و اشغل الرشاش ذبحن قوامي

& from My Favorite "المذن التالي" :

شواطئ الجبيل تهيض المغرم الولهان و ذكرت الكويت و باح ما كان في بالي
اهوجس علام الوقت تكدر علينا و شان بسوق الخساير دافعين الثمن غالي
تفاكير تغرق قابت الراي كالطوفان و من سج عن داره فلاهوب رجالي
قطع حبل افكاري و انا بالدجى سهران ندا الله أكبر قالها المذن التالي
و ما دمت أنا في دار من يذكر الرحمن أنا أشهد شهادة حق مانيب بالحالي

I'm hoping that the Author takes it with good sportsmanship, looking at this review as some sort of constructive criticism

2 التعليقات:

غير معرف يقول...

Gd job

Hope يقول...

غير معرف

Thanx for taking some of Ur time 2 read my review =]