So peaceful Souvenir. A brother singing ancient Andalusian song in Al-hambra palace.
The right amount of melancholy
This is one of my most favorite Andalusian muwashshahat (an Arabic poem that’s specifically written to be sung). It was written in the 3rd century by an Arab poet from Granada, so it’s not very far fetched that the song has been sung at some point in that very palace centuries ago.
These are the lyrics in Arabic and English, in case anyone’s interested.
When he appeared with a sway in his walk
My darling infatuated me with his beauty
Oh, my fate and my confusion
Who will have mercy when I complain
Of anguish in love
Except for the holder of beauty?
لما بدا يتثنى
حبي جماله فتننا
وعدي و يا حيرتي
من لي رحيم شكوتي
فى الحب من لوعتي
إلا مليك الجمال
Man, fuck Youtube for promoting this homophobic, racist garbage.
I’m so tired of this shit.
Get fucked, assholes!
The fact that youtube keeps promoting this garbage should be the biggest red flag that not only are they aware of the hard-right pipeline they’ve built but actively encourage it.
they also literally suppress videos with social justice/leftist related terms and content from being advertised. like, blatantly. and doubled down when they were caught.
“I’ve been a massage therapist for many years, now. I know what people look like. People have been undressing for me for a long time. I know what you look like: a glance at you, and I can picture pretty well what you’d look like on my table. Let’s start here with what nobody looks like: nobody looks like the people in magazines or movies. Not even models. Nobody. Lean people have a kind of rawboned, unfinished look about them that is very appealing. But they don’t have plump round breasts and plump round asses. You have plump round breasts and a plump round ass, you have a plump round belly and plump round thighs as well. That’s how it works. And that’s very appealing too. Woman have cellulite. All of them. It’s dimply and cute. It’s not a defect. It’s not a health problem. It’s the natural consequence of not consisting of photoshopped pixels, and not having emerged from an airbrush. Men have silly buttocks. Well, if most of your clients are women, anyway. You come to male buttocks and you say – what, this is it? They’re kind of scrawny and the tissue is jumpy because it’s unpadded; you have to dial back the pressure, or they’ll yelp. Adults sag. It doesn’t matter how fit they are. Every decade, an adult sags a little more. All of the tissue hangs a little looser. They wrinkle, too. I don’t know who put about the rumor that just old people wrinkle. You start wrinkling when you start sagging, as soon as you’re all grown up, and the process goes its merry way as long as you live. Which is hopefully a long, long time, right? Everybody on a massage table is beautiful. There are really no exceptions to this rule. At that first long sigh, at that first thought that “I can stop hanging on now, I’m safe” – a luminosity, a glow, begins. Within a few minutes the whole body is radiant with it. It suffuses the room: it suffuses the massage therapist too. People talk about massage therapists being caretakers, and I suppose we are: we like to look after people, and we’re easily moved to tenderness. But to let you in on a secret: I’m in it for the glow. I’ll tell you what people look like, really: they look like flames. Or like the stars, on a clear night in the wilderness.”
this started as a spooky mirror drawing but at some point in the sketching process it became a not-yet-out trans guy shaving his head for some gender reclamation! the shadow creature is moral support 😊
✨ kofi link in bio if you’re feeling generous ✨