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Aisha's Egypt: Little Shepherd Boy

You can never underestimate the captivating

Power of a passing flock of sheep

Especially if they are herded by an

Adorable little boy taking his duty so seriously

You can see it in his face, the way he lightly

Flicks his stick to control his herd's advance

As a tourist, he delights me

As a foreigner, he fascinates me

But, as a mother, he haunts me

And compassion for him floods my soul

He marches ever onward

Through the dusty, muddy byways

On a route that swallows village after village

In a neverending quest for forage

Piles of discarded prunings, a tall patch of clover

A newly plowed field if they are lucky

And receive permission from the owner

He guides the search for anything edible

Standing taller than his years

Marching proudly at the head of his army

Carrying responsibility squarely on his shoulders


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Aisha (formerly Kathleen) Abdelhamid is a syndicated writer for, and, members of Important Media Network. is a retired Computer Engineer with the U.S. Dept. of Defense, where she worked as an Interactive Multimedia Training Author and Graphic Artist. Her latest work published in this field was commissioned by the U.S. Congress as mandatory training for all new enlistees of all branches of U.S. Military, entitled, "Personal Financial Management," hosted by Mr. Ronnie Lott, former NFL football star. In her personal life, Aisha is an American woman who flushed 20 years of marriage to a mean, drunk, 'wasp' (White Anglo-Saxon Protestant) in favor of an incredibly loving Egyptian Muslim man she met online. They married in Egypt after 50 days of correspondence, and less than 24 hours after their 1st meeting. She's using her binders of printed emails as posts on her blog, "Aisha's Oasis." ( Readers are enjoying the whirlwind excitement of an internet romance that went right, and sharing in her new, exciting life in Egypt.

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