A Morning Breeze

A morning breeze
awoke me from
a deep sleep
and offered a delightful
taste of her warm lips.

Free to rise, free to fall,
and free to land,
and when I walk,
I know, only my feet
can carry me thus far.

Said Leghlid, 2003

A Stroll

Sure footed,
I walked long tiresome miles,
hanged smiles along the way,
and wore wrinkled scars
where endless thoughts lingered.

The path of life lead,
where the horizon lurked,
and the walk,
among mortal coils,
a rift between
poetic reasons
and dreams of passion.
I kept walking,
and never stopped dreaming
until today.
I realized,
that where I was headed
was inches from
where I started.

-Said Leghlid, 2003

Welcome to Tinfou

Tinfou is a lonesome renegade sand dune, located some twenty kilometers south of the city of Zagora in southern Morocco. Tinfou has chosen its dwelling spot in the middle of a desert surrounded by stretches of flat rocky land. How Tinfou got there was always a puzzling thought to everyone who stood atop her. Few tourists speculate that it was a man made dune, and being Moroccan, I am certain that Tinfou was not the work of Morocco Disneyland.

Tinfou has the distinction of being the tallest dune in Morocco, although it spans only about two acres of land, it stands at about one hundred feet tall. Tinfou is also the first known isolated dune to greet travelers before they venture into the great Sahara some sixty kilometers further south.

Tinfou symbolizes every contrasting thought about the miracles of nature, life and adversity. A giant friendly dune in the middle of nowhere has chosen her spot as a home for as long as locals can remember. As you will find on this website, Tinfou and desert dunes were a staple of the environment in which I grew up as a child in Morocco.