I watched him across the street
while cabs kept passing by him.
After a while I crossed over
and asked him what was wrong.
He answered me with a question:
why do cab drivers flirt with men?
His answer made me laugh
and I asked him why?
He said every time I tell someone
my destination they raise their eyebrows.
I laughed again and said
they are saying no.
He cracked a laugh and said
raising eyebrows is flirting in his place.
I crossed over to the other side
as a cab finally picked him up.
In Lebanon people say no by raising both eyebrows up. The story is about my Egyptian professor who happened to be taking a cab to a destination that was out of many drivers’ ways. He thought that them raising their eyebrows was flirting with him because that was what that gesture meant in Egypt.