Lizard's First Law of Inertia - Original Ink on Paper Drawing by Everitte Barbee

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Drawing: Pen and Ink on Paper.

42x29cm Ink On Paper
The image in this colour original is created using only the Diwani Jali Arabic Calligraphy script from the poem ‘Lizard’s First Law of Inertia’ by Scottish Poet, Emily Ballou. The poem is written exactly once from head to tail in the body of the lizard. While the part in the lizard’s front claw reads ‘Lizard’s first Law of Intertia’, the text in the circle (and just above it) reads: ‘(Passage from) The World According to Lizard’. The poem was translated into Arabic by Mazen Maarouf and Lauren Pyott. The original English, and Arabic translation can be seen at the bottom of this description.

This design, originally in black and white, was commission by Reel Festivals to accompany their poetry publication featuring contemporary poets from Lebanon, Syria, and Scotland, and was featured on the cover of Anon 8 poetry Magazine.

Lizardʼs First Law of Inertia

Lizard saw that rocks wanted to be at rest on the Earth
and that smoke wanted to be at rest in the sky
and the stars wanted to remain where they had been flung.
He thought that a body was in its natural state when it was still,
and for his body to move in a straight line at a constant speed
no force but his own was needed to maintain the velocity.
Though wind helped occasionally with acceleration.
And the sun.

[From the world according to Lizard]

قانون السحلية للقصور الذاتي

السحلية ترى الصخور تريد أن تستريح في مكانها على الكوكب،
الدخان يريد الإستراحة حيث هو في السماء،
النجوم تريد البقاء حيث قُذِفتْ قديما.
السحلية تظن أن الأجسام الهامدة، تكون بلغت حالتها الطبيعية، وأنها، السحلية، لكي تستطيع المشي في خط مستقيم وبسرعة ثابتة، لا يلزمها أي قوى خارجية. مع ذلك، الريح، بين الفينة والأخرى، كانت تتدخل لتزيد من تسارعها.
الشمسُ أيضا.

مقطع من العالم كما تراه السحلية


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Lizard's First Law of Inertia - Original Ink on Paper

Everitte Barbee

Lebanon

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Size: 13 W x 15.4 H x 0.1 in

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