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A Slippery Father Recitation
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12017-10-10T20:51:19+00:00A Slippery Father5poemplain2018-04-16T12:58:00+00:00Poem composed by Ḳantōrī Belḥāf (no information available), recited by ʿĪsā ʿAlī Raʿfīt, and recorded by Sam Liebhaber in Damḳawt, March 2004. Translated with the help of Muḥammad Sālim Āmr Ǧīd and ʿAbdullāh ʾAḥmad Āmr Ǧīd in Ṣalālah, February 2012.
In this poem, Ḳantōrī Belḥāf complains that love brings discomfort, like sitting cross-legged for too long. His discomfort is the result of his beloved’s (Wśēr’s) father, who will not acquiesce to his marriage proposal. Instead, he avoids answering Ḳantōrī one way or the other and leaves him with nothing “to grab hold of.”