I so miss putting poetry on my blog for you to read. It all started because I publish poetry occasionally and editors have begun demanding that the poems we submit have never been posted anywhere before. I stopped posting poetry before it was published because of that. They, of course, want the only thing they can expect, which is to publish the poem for the first time. After that, the rights of the poem return to the poet and she or he can do whatever they wish with it. The publisher’s request seems reasonable and as if it was the least we can do for them. Still, it has been such a pleasure over the years to be able to share my poetry with you that I miss not being able to do that.
That is why I have decided to start putting original and first-time poetry occasionally on my blog. I am currently in Abu Dhabi and they are celebrating their 40th anniversary as a country. I was at the Marina Mall last night and had a wonderful time. The poem I wrote while I was there is what I will post now with the hope you will enjoy seeing this place through my eyes. The poem is comprised of some selected impressions and pictures of things I saw while I was there and the feelings and understanding the experience left on me. It will appear just above this post and I hope you will enjoy this experience with me.