Friday, April 30, 2010

Ode to the Bedouin camel the Toyota

The Bedouin tribesman Tayaha lives in a cave in the Sinai and works as a night watchman.

He is illiterate but can recite hundreds of poems, and work in a slangy irreverent verse tradition well over 1,000 years old.
This is his Ode to the Bedouin Modern camel.

Ode to the Toyota Pick Up Truck 

"Oh rider of a noble mount no camel-stick can steer
Whose name in dates and numbers on her mouth is picked out clear
She'll do 200kph according to the dial
Like Saddam's army launching from its pad a Scud missile!
"Toyota" is her model and "Toyota" is her make,
The workmanship won't disappoint; these foreigners don't fake!"

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