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Morocco: and a tale of tile and treason

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She was in a government building.  She was in an important government building for an interview with a high ranking Moroccan government official.  After the handshakes, after the business card exchange, after the glasses of mint tea, after the discussion, it was time to leave. 

She was accompanied to the entrance flanked by security guards in khaki berets.  It began to drizzle and then it began to pour.  While waiting for the driver, she peered at the Moroccan tiled wall -- a field of variegated green.  The color of a cache of raw emeralds.  The color of the sea under a dark sky.  The color of her newly born daughter's eyes.

She pulled her camera out of her bag.  That was her first mistake.
She took a picture.  That was her second mistake.
She took another picture.  That was her third mistake.

That's when they stopped her.  That's when they escorted her upstairs.  That's when they took her to see the Stern Man.

The Stern Man was not pleased.  No, he was not pleased at all.  Do you know where you are?  he asked.  How could you possibly take pictures here? he asked.  Pictures.......pictures are strictly forbidden, he said.  It's a matter of national security, he said.

She tried to explain.  She tried to explain about the tiles.  She tried to explain about the green.  She tried to explain about the beauty.  Her hands gestured, her eyes fluttered, her words faltered. 

He stared at her, his face blank.  Uncomprehending.  Unforgiving.  Confronted with a dangerous, dangerous woman.  A treacherous lover of green Moroccan tiles.  A threat to national security......

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Karl Stanzick
0 #1 Concerned fellow Morrocan expatKarl Stanzick 2009-03-17 06:30
Well Maryam, you should just pretend you are talking on the phone next time and push the "take picture" button on your phone. They'll never know. I am sure the real reason that they don't want you taking pictures is the state of the bathrooms.
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GOOL
0 #2 COMMENT_TITLE_R E Morocco: and a tale of tile and treasonGOOL 2009-03-17 12:07
Why are you referring to yourself in the third person???? that's so weird you make sound as though you lived the most intriguing adventure out there in the Moroccan wild
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Abderrahmane Sakkaki
+1 #3 COMMENT_TITLE_R E Morocco: and a tale of tile and treasonAbderrahmane Sakkaki 2009-04-08 11:57
the style is so beautiful and so is the symbolism..This peace of art, I would call it, is magnificantly well writen and can be interpreted in so many dimensions..

Good job Maryam
you are an artist

Abderrahmane
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kristi
0 #4 pricekristi 2013-08-28 08:45
Hi, How much are the lovely green tiles per square metre?
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