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.

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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.


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, click on the Programs menu and find TELL ME MORE.


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