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While she was thinking of leaving

While she was thinking of leaving,
All the ice cubes melted in the bar's glasses.
I wrote on my hand so I don't forget:
"The city is a large waiting room..."
I made my suitcase a wheelchair
And I placed my future under house arrest...

"She loves to travel," she once said to me.
I have been feeling in exile ever since.

Translated by: Malak Halabi

Mahdi Mansour is one of the leading poets in Lebanon and the Arabic world.

His journey in poetry started in 2003, on a television show entitled “Al-moumayazoun” (i.e.: Talented People) which was aired on the Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation (LBC); one of the famous T.V channels in Lebanon during that time. On that show, He competed with poets from Lebanon and the Arabic world and won the golden medal for the category of improvised poetry.

Mansour refined his extraordinary talent and creativity by studying and teaching Arabic literature during his high school and college years. Nevertheless, his interest in sciences especially physics, equaled his passion for the literature and he received his Doctorate degree in Molecular Physics in 2015.

Mansour’s poems were widely recognized in the Arabic world and were praised by fans and critics. He won several prizes for his poetry collection and represented Lebanon in many poetry festivals and educational forums in recent years.