MOHAMED SAID RAIHANIS GUIDELINE TO

MOROCCAN SHORT-SHORT STORY

 

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Ezzeddine Maazi

                                                                                                                                                           

 

 

Short-Short Stories

 

 

 Translated by Mohamed Saïd Raïhani

 

 

 

-1-

The Rain In The Garden

  

 

With the blue felt pen, pencil, ruler, cherries and the yellow-covered blank copybook on her table, the little school girl sharpens both her thinking and her nerves to keep listening to the school-mistress sitting on her leather chair:

- “Period of plastic arts for third-class elementary pupils. We will learn how to draw clouds, rainfall, the formation of ponds and swamps with incineration using colour pencils”...

The brilliant girl sharpens the pencil and leans forwards to draw line after line closed circles, periods, curved forms, trees, fruits... alternatively colouring with the colour pencils and sharpening them one by one.

   High above, lies the vast blue sea and the rest of the painting a question mark. She was painting what was running around in her mind.

  There stands the school-mistress  next to the blackboard to explain the techniques  before pacing  again between the rows to examine her pupils’ works.

  On paper, it was rained so hard that the little girl turned so sad. Her painting was stained with her dropping tears. She felt sorry for the demolition of the houses, the collapse of the buildings and the scattering of the flowers in the garden...

 

 

 

 

-2-

Ismaen’s Painting

 

 

Little Ismaen sat down before the weird painting to meditate it.

It was a work by a painter who had composed a blank space with a black square.

He started to sing.

He turned right and left to see if anybody cares.

Suddenly, he had a prompt wish to get into the same blank space that the painter has left empty.

 

 

 

 

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* The writer, Ezeddine Maazi, is a Moroccan short-story writer born in 1960 in Sidi Ismael, near El Jadida City. Author of:"Diaries Of A School-Master High Up In The Mountain (In Two Volumes: 1998-2003), "Love In Grown-Ups’ Style" in 2006 (Short-Short stories).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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