II. Turkey

II. Turkey

A Poem by Dana Alsamsam
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I am writing a series called "World Vision" where I address a poem to each place that I've visited.

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Your spicy bizarre
And crisp geometric air
Swept me into understanding-
Asia on one side
Europe on the other. 
I spun on the dock
As the boat hurtled
In the wrinkle between two worlds
With my arms outstretched
Not particularly hoping
To catch something profound. 
I return with a smile, some trinkets
A marriage proposal, a sunburn
And a door to the rest of the world. 

© 2013 Dana Alsamsam


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"a smile" is good.

"a marriage proposal" very good

"a sunburn" not good, and i hope it wasn't too much sun that everything good that happened was an illusion.

i like the arms outstretched but not particularly hoping to catch something....you were just embracing the beautiful sight of being in the wrinkle.

this one got me there.

nicely done.

Posted 7 Years Ago


2 of 2 people found this review constructive.

Dana Alsamsam

7 Years Ago

thank you so much! i think it was just a light, pleasant sunburn if i remember correctly! the more t.. read more



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Sounds like it was definitely a defining moment of your life. I've been to Europe, but never Turkey. Like Jacob said, if you came back smiling that makes it a good experience for sure.


Posted 7 Years Ago


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Quite a unique way of putting things, like the continental aspect.


Posted 7 Years Ago


I really like how you portrayed the in between position of the country. That last line really emphasizes that feeling. The lines about not trying to catch anything profound made me smile because in the end, you collected that wide mix of things, and the gateway to new insight.

After a few reads, the sensory experience of this poem is still as vivid as the first time. You have the scent of the spice bazaar, the spinning on the dock as the boat hustles by. I really like that aspect of this one. It makes me feel as if I have taken a trip without leaving my living room.

Thank you for sharing, I enjoyed you're work as always!

Posted 7 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Dana Alsamsam

7 Years Ago

thank you so much! my favorite thing about turkey was really trying to wrap my head around the fact .. read more
Clockwork

7 Years Ago

You're welcome :-) did someone really propose to you while you where there? That happened to a frien.. read more
Dana Alsamsam

7 Years Ago

yes its happened multiple times actually! in middle eastern countries since i'm arab but i look very.. read more
Simply a lovely poem!......

Posted 7 Years Ago


It sounds like Turkey was more eventful than the Dells...geometric air blew me away (no pun intended haha) in the context of the piece, it was a perfect image to set the scene...it's not often that a writer declares no interest in finding something profound, especially in a poem itself, but it's a great snippet of irony to counter the vividness of the rest of the piece...it goes on to feel profound in light of one's journey to find one's self...nicely done Dana :)

Posted 7 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Dana Alsamsam

7 Years Ago

thank you so much! at the time that i traveled here i did not even minutely understand how incredibl.. read more
kublakhan27

7 Years Ago

I'd love to go somewhere exotic like that sometime, experience a new environment and scenery...I'm s.. read more
You have a great imagination and I love your anthologies .. I think this series is a great idea :)
have you been to Turkey? I've always wanted to go

Posted 7 Years Ago


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Dana Alsamsam

7 Years Ago

i hope that the images never fade from your memories!
Richard

7 Years Ago

I'm sure they won't :) thank you
"I return with a smile, some trinkets
A marriage proposal, a sunburn
And a door to the rest of the world."

I feel as if I have just entered the lovely world of Dana and am on a trip around the world. Such beautiful imagery. Great job, my friend.

Posted 7 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Dana Alsamsam

7 Years Ago

turkey is what began my appreciation for travel! i hope you continue with me on the journey :)
Traci

7 Years Ago

I most definitely will, then i will decide where to book my next vacation :)
A very artful way of putting your expectations into words

Posted 7 Years Ago


A place I need to visit. The busy-ness and diversity of culture and history make Constantinople a must for me. Your misnomer "bizarre" drew me in to your piece, Dana....and I loved the way you made your reflection personal. P.

Posted 7 Years Ago


Dana Alsamsam

7 Years Ago

i would definitely recommend it as a travel destination! i hope to return there some day. thank you!
Turkey is an ephemeral nation. Barbaryans will come and depart untraced, but if you want your beautious poem to prevail. Change the word Turkey into something else...

Posted 7 Years Ago


Dana Alsamsam

7 Years Ago

i'm afraid i don't understand what you mean by change the word turkey into something else?
Rob Ert

7 Years Ago

At some point, you will...

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Dana Alsamsam
Dana Alsamsam

Chicago, IL



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