Egyptian-American Poet: Bodies Are Like Poems

As part of Tell Me More's series for National Poetry Month, host Michel Martin shares a poetic tweet from freelance writer and poet Yahia Lababidi. Listeners are invited to tweet original poems of 140 characters or less to #TMMPoetry.

Copyright © 2012 NPR. For personal, noncommercial use only. See Terms of Use. For other uses, prior permission required.

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Coming up, we'll find out how singer/songwriter/harpist Rashida Jolley blends the heavenly sound of the harp into pop, hip-hop and R&B. We have a special performance chat coming up in just a minute.

But, first, the latest in our series, Muses and Metaphor.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

MARTIN: We've been celebrating National Poetry Month by hearing your poetic tweets. We've been asking you to send us poems that are 140 characters or less. And today, we hear a tweet from Yahia Lababidi. Yahia is a freelance writer and poet living in Washington, D.C., who's worked in Egypt for the United Nations as a speechwriter and also was a food writer at one point in his career.

Now, remember, these are short, only 140 characters each. Here is a tweet by Yahia Lababidi.

YAHIA LABABIDI: Bodies are like poems. A fraction of their power resides in their skin. The rest belongs to the spirit that swims through them.

MARTIN: And we know that went by pretty fast, so let's hear it again.

LABABIDI: Bodies are like poems. A fraction of their power resides in their skin. The rest belongs to the spirit that swims through them.

MARTIN: That is a poetic tweet submitted by Yahia Lababidi. If you would like to help us celebrate National Poetry Month, tweet us your original poetry using fewer than 140 characters, of course. If your poem is chosen, we will help you record it for us and we will air it in the program this month. Tweet us using the hash tag #TMMPoetry. You can learn more at the TELL ME MORE website. Go to NPR.org, click on the Programs menu and find TELL ME MORE.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

Copyright © 2012 NPR. All rights reserved. No quotes from the materials contained herein may be used in any media without attribution to NPR. This transcript is provided for personal, noncommercial use only, pursuant to our Terms of Use. Any other use requires NPR's prior permission. Visit our permissions page for further information.

NPR transcripts are created on a rush deadline by a contractor for NPR, and accuracy and availability may vary. This text may not be in its final form and may be updated or revised in the future. Please be aware that the authoritative record of NPR's programming is the audio.

Comments

 

Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the NPR.org Community rules and Terms of Use. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.

Support comes from: