“As I Was Riding the Escalator”

at Lagoona Mall, I thought I saw you.I was calmly resting against the rail inured to care in the daze of retail.Then a slender black skirt came into view,climbing the stairs, hurrying to get through.My eyes followed the advancing femalewhen her head turned, and a face stern and paleglanced at me like somebody she once knew...… Continue reading “As I Was Riding the Escalator”

“Silver Knights and the Search for the Lost Orb”: A Krendiri Battle Poem

At the entrance of the fallen obelisk,the Silver Knights were under siege:an electric cloud creature had wandered inshocking the party with its tentacle attacks.Fire, slash, shoot, whack, stab, hack—the party valiantly chipped away at the awesome armor of the floating foe.Elre summoned his magical stallionand challenged the monster by chargingwhile Adoril cast a spell to deliver… Continue reading “Silver Knights and the Search for the Lost Orb”: A Krendiri Battle Poem

Top 10 Posts from the Past Two Years

The other day, as I was preparing a new post for my blog, I noticed that WordPress had congratulated me on 100 blog posts. 100 posts? Seems like only yesterday that I arrived in Doha and started writing my original blog, My Days in Doha. In recognition of my 100 posts milestone, I thought that… Continue reading Top 10 Posts from the Past Two Years

The Unceasing Horizon

Who wept on the breast of the other?Only the wet shirt knows the answer Abboud al Jabiri "At the Door of a Lonely Heart" One of the first things to gowas the belief that my sons would always sleep underneath the same roof as me—the divorce dashed me of that delusion. After my weekends with them,as… Continue reading The Unceasing Horizon

Safety Tips before Leaving for Summer Vacation: A Sonnet

Lock all doors, double-check if OCDShut off gas to keep stove from explodingClose all windows and latch them properlyRemove all food to keep from decomposingSwitch off lights, fan, pump, and generatorRemove electronics from every socketShut down breakers—except the fridgerator'sStore your treasures in a safe and lock itDo not leave garbage inside your dwelling Pay your bills… Continue reading Safety Tips before Leaving for Summer Vacation: A Sonnet

INFO: Congratulations! Your Student Loan Is Paid Off!

Dear CONAN, We are happy to report you have successfully completed full repayment of the student loan(s) listed above. Congratulations on reaching this exciting goal! We will now release you from your fitted yoke. Please keep this notification for your records. Details about your loan will remain in your online account for 13 months. Log… Continue reading INFO: Congratulations! Your Student Loan Is Paid Off!

Subject: Responding to a Fire Alarm

Stay calm. Do not panic when you hear the fire alarm. Also, it's important to stay quiet so you can hear any instructions. In fact, it's important to be quiet and calm the whole time the fire drill is happening, not just when it starts. Consider employing alternate nostril breathing to relax your body and mind, reduce… Continue reading Subject: Responding to a Fire Alarm