With Her the Earrings.
The verb "have" does not exist in Arabic.
A Frenchman owned the antiquities shop on boulevard Mohammed V--treasures looted in the old days of colonialism or bartered cheap in a smoky bazaar. Four gold square coins transgressed into earrings Arabic covering the surface, invocations neither she nor the Frenchman could read. She wasn't thinking of their dubious provenance, or what her purchase would add to insult or theft. They were exotic mementos to possess, medals for service in a difficult campaign. "Monnaie Marocaine Frappee a Sabta au 12-13th siecle" before Spain took the port in 1580. The coins, stolen more than once, so too the town where they were struck-- Roman colony, then Arab, Portuguese, Spanish. The Moroccans want it back. Men fadlak , take the earrings too. With her what she remembers, these coins of her realm.
from A Selected History of Her Heart
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|Date:||Mar 22, 2010|
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