Notebooks of Days .. when Awad Al-Hamid wrote the book Capital Poetry !!


The seventies produced its own language, and life covered its hard and rough nature in Aden and the rest of the surrounding areas. As for the image of the city and its transition from luxury to sobriety, he reduced it – with ‘ a saying attributed to one of the writers of the time – to an “artificial city” set up by a director in the desert to shoot a movie, and after it was in it. Life for a few weeks was abandoned by the spotlight, and the actors and staff left it to face its inevitable fate ”p. 27.

This harsh image is reinforced by the author when he describes it by saying: “In the early seventies it boiled in a crater, and people gradually turned into ghosts, yellow faces, emaciated bodies, wandering eyes, a feeling that shrouded in dust, and many people and hidden families began to wander on their faces, looking for a piece of food for the scarcity of resources after the nationalizations that included everything, and that benefited the state in nothing.

The land “developed”, and the living ropes became the people’s preoccupation and their constant talk, and there was no more fresh fish, and the good types that people know disappeared, and new types appeared, with which God the Sultan sent down, and the Australian meat (the tribute) came down on the markets in his dress that looked like a robe The dead .. the capital was deprived of meat by a strict decision, and the army was busy driving cars thoroughly to inspect, so that if you had come to Aden of Lahj or Abyan and found in your possession a piece of meat for your hungry children, you would have fallen under a ruthless law p 33.

As an example of this situation, the captain is at the same time telling a funny and sarcastic story, which is that one of the relatives of the leader of the popular militia decided to order him to eat, and he was ashamed that the Australian meat was shrouded , so that he went out in his car to Abyan and slaughtered a head of my country’s sheep, and so that his case would not be revealed at the points, he put the meat. The spare tire of the cart (the tire) was emptied from the air, and the meat was safely entered into Aden.

The owner of the notebooks says on the tongue of the owner of the determination:
“The civilian commander spent a full sentence on the meat and thanked me, and on the second day I was surprised that I was summoned for investigation on charges of sabotage of the national economy and livestock smuggling. If you repeat this black act” p. 34.

While Fadl al-Naqib was telling a funny story, the governor of Lahj (the second governor) at the time, Awad al-Hamid – the well-known problematic figure – told the poet Mahmoud Darwish, who was visiting Aden at the time, and the captain accompanied him to Lahj to see on the ground the experience of agricultural cooperatives, and as soon as Al-Hamid heard of a visit, Darwish traveled to Lahj governor until he insisted on accompanying him with the captain in his jeep who started flying with them. on unpaved roads, climbing one hill and feeling from another to Mahmoud he went to breathe.He strangled him, then threw him on the ground while armed, and seized the camera, and not the photographer’s tears not spared. , who regarded the camera as his surveillance.

– Why Uncle Awad? You want them to show us on TV and say we are bourgeois in front of their roasted lamb !!
Governor Al-Hamid envisioned a special surprise for Darwish and ordered one of his escorts to remove the folders from the car. The volumes were nothing more than a paraphrase of Karl Marx’s Capital as Poetry, and Durich almost died when he asked him to read the volumes from front to side and express his opinion on them !!

In a text entitled “a press conference for crows,” the captain says that the presidency asked the director of radio, Omar al-Jawi, to point someone to record an important press conference for the president safely and to cover. The crows are their nests, so their squeaking voices covered the recording of the president’s voice, which spoiled the coverage. The jawi asked him to disappear completely, even from the house in which he lived, so that the anger of the president, who was not “savaging.” would not reach him.

It so happened that Hamida Zakaria was appointed as the first female judge in the People’s Republic of Southern Yemen in the early 1970s in an exceptional event in the march of the socialist state in the region.He happened to be a well-known Lebanese journalist in Aden, therefore, he contacted the captain to arrange a press conference with her in a quiet place. and when the journalist later published the dialogue in one of the major Beirut newspapers, he chose the title “A meeting in the bar with the first female judge in Aden,” Al-Naqeeb said:

“May God forgive him that is far off, for he has caused my headache which I have not yet recovered, for I was afraid that one day I would appear before the judge and she would be the judge” p.49.
One of the anecdotes in the Book of Books of Days is that one of the boys from the village of Al-Naqeeb – Al-Qadamah, Yafa ‘- visited him at his place of work, and this person was the owner of a formwork in the village Al-Jawi about the situation and how he sees the country, and therefore he said to him: God, I saw three governments in your country, the first in the fall, and they gave me one “shamball” from their rubric given. , and the government of the long market gave me two ruins, and the best government is the herd government, which gave me six ruins.

The captain said:
Al-Jawi laughed so hard that his eyes filled with tears when he said to him: Now you have solved the fizz that ate up my brain, dad. After that, Al-Jawi always kept asking me: Where is the owner of the “troop? May the peace and blessings of God be upon you. p 51.
The seven glorious days are one of the most biting seasons in the history of the city of Aden and the rest of the region. At the behest of the authorities, , carrying batons, knives and guns, organizing roaring mass rallies and chanting revolutionary slogans calling for lower salaries and the liberation of women. ” The cheddar was cut up, and overnight about five thousand employees were illegally arrested by the protesters themselves.

Agricultural production stopped in the agricultural governors bordering Aden, as tractors, and with it all means of transport, plowed the city of Aden ”p. 61.
It provides many details about the victims of the seven days, including the well-known intellectual and author Farid Barakat, who was commissioned by the Ministry of Information to oversee a field theater in the taxi yard in the heart of Crater, where folk dances is. performed, in preparation for the International Youth Festival, which was to be held in Berlin at the time.

Due to the famous “Tousan” Farid Barakat, he forgot to connect the audio and lighting equipment to the theater, in which the “Salmeen” orchestra of Shabwa and Al-Awaliq performs in the fourth governor. He has a quick had trial. , and they decided to execute him, and after the intervention of Abdullah Badeb and wise leaders, he ordered Salim to postpone the death sentence until the morning, and Farid was released after writing his will, and had ten kilogram of weight lost, and the story was a clear message to the owners of languages ​​and words, and it could have simply been administered with blood.

The late Muhammad al-Kabeer Muhammad Murshid Naji tells in his memoirs a similar story about the seven days, when the government on one occasion organized a big festival, and it was forced on all the city’s artists to take part in it, and that the rural revolutionaries sat under the chairs of the senior audience on the grounds of the Al-Hubaishi Stadium, and their heads were safe, and he was When an artist rose up angry at the president and his crew, standing The revolutionary sitting people up and condemning the artist and his orchestra, and taking him off the stage. He had them sing with him a poem “I am the people” without music. Then he improvised a revolutionary poem by the poet Al-Jarrada with a strong and influential voice, and when he had finished reciting it, many of them climbed onto the stage and carried him on their necks.

Hadhramout, in those days, had a hard-line revolutionary governor named Faisal Al-Attas (Al-Nairi), very close to Salmin, and for eight months he oversaw the destruction of a solid gate to the city of Mukalla. , erected by the pre-independence sultans as a distinctive architectural masterpiece of the water city, and they tested its solidity after its construction by dozens of artillery shells, not destroyed.
Al-Nairi and his companions regarded the historic gate as one of the symbols of the horrific past.

Many ironic and sarcastic details are presented by the captain in his notebooks over his four years in Aden, including the story of Omar Al-Jawi’s marriage to Soraya Manqush, in which he was the freer, the story of Chinese advice and the peasant revolution of Salmeen and his Maoist companions, the story of the leader and the donkey of Al-Shutairi, and imperialism destroyed by the Naqeel Al-Khala obstacle In Yafa, and other topics, there is not enough room to approach it and its humorous ideas to which allows the reader to understand one of the problematic political stages in Yemen from the point of view of its author, which we originally presented only from the portal of satirical writing in Yemen.
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