Sunday, May 28, 2006


Motionless. Totally silent. Lonely. Laying in a dark corner. Face and legs within her shell. Nothing to look up to. Almost dead.

I pick her up in my hands. Her face wrinkled, eyes almost shut. She looks old, sad, and depressed. Wonder why she's wasting her life in that corner. What's the meaning of your life? What are you up to? You're not even moving around. Hardly eating. Escaping the world? hiding in your own shell.

She starts reaching out with her long neck, moves her legs and tail. Why? Why do you feel safe in my hands? Almost swimming in the air. Maybe she's in the wrong environment. I submerge her in some water. She lays there for a while, then stands up, raises her shell. Looks like a little dinosaur. Didn't seem she had it in her. Seemed so helpless. She starts moving around, gets out of the water. She's fast. Just never showed it. Wasn't interested to move. Wasn't motivated to move. Had no point in moving. Developed that thick shell which protected her. Now, she's moving around, revitalized, discovering her new environment, sneaking around the edges of the table, careful not to fall over. She discovers the new area she's now a part of. Realized the change in her life.

She found a dark little corner. Moved to it. Retracted her head and legs. Laid back, silent and motionless again. Ready to spend the rest of her life there.

1 comment:

Yasmine said...

Hi Mohamad ,
You can't imagine how I spent days to search for your blog and find it. Actually, your website appeared to me suddenly 4 months ago while I was searching for something at work..And I dont know why though I was searching for something completely different than blogs,I found myself reading some of your articles in a hurry and I admired most at that time an old article you wrote about Salon Marriage though I dont have an xperience in that part and found myself nodding :) agreeing on what you stated.Finally , I found myself so interested in your articles and because I was in a hurry, I didnt pay attention to the blog's name or add.So after a month or two decided to make a reserach only 4 u!For your blog!and was so happy when I found It..Sorry Long Story..Your blog is so nice..The way you depict the turtle's helpessness is remarkable and your portrayal of her facial xpressions is unique.Actually, You are deep Mohamad to write all of this and make such recognition about a poor Turtle..I appreciate it,though Im not animal loving!