A Feather in the Sun

I no longer hear the footsteps of a stranger from up the street out for a morning weekend walk with a growing little gleeful dog; her footsteps replaced by the continuous fury of a thirsty visitor with wings announcing every arrival, each one to sample a sweet blend.   How it hovers nearby, a magical…

Golden Giant

Who is sitting in the heavens and staring at me? Who is sitting in the golden palace of tomorrow? Who is smiling? Golden staff in his hand flashes a dazzling light. Ah, the flashes of lightning- interweave over my head… I walked into the crystalline corridor of the time- I want to open the doors…

Ode to the Discarded

While sitting on the curb, I see a rusty old bolt laying on the pavement.   I pick it up, turn it and feel its heft, its cold edges, My fingers now stained orange.   I run fingertips over threads still sharp, not stripped.   It once held something together,   and still could.

Rainbow Chalk

The chalk dissolved on the pavement when the first rains of the year came, Hopscotch trails and stick figures disappearing as the ground turned a deeper grey.   Only the children were disappointed, having to retreat indoors, While the jubilant adults rushed out to dance naked in the streets, Mouths open, drinking, children themselves once…

A World Away

Another night scratching my head as I reach for a pencil. Another night spent torturing words in the mind’s muddied trenches, proving that yes you can press money from guile and oil from stone – If you’d just continue squeezing please . . .   I’m reminded of other nights, other battered moons and throw-away…

Forever Young

My heart is forever young  A divine hymn to be sung I love everyone and always forgive As twice as I take, I always give I try to be nice as possible as I can Of peace and love I am a great fan Life is short to waste in hate Let tolerance be our…

Her Altruistic Mien

  Have you ever seen a heart Who has love, unconditional? Have you ever met someone Who has given herself so benevolently?   I have. And I keep meeting them. Whenever I talk to a woman Every now and then.   I meet her in an infant daughter Who is innocent enough to believe, That…

Unapologetically Me

She frowned into the mirror in frustration as a strand of hair kept falling off the sides of her hijab, The rest of her family contemplating on how she would find it easier, only if she was wearing a niqab. She hid herself behind the hijab as it made her feel safer, Safer than what…

Hum

I know how it feels when no one wants you –they won’t leave you alone. They won’t leave you alone. Their downcast eyes look through me. Their reluctance to talk to me engages. The telephone won’t stop not ringing. Their e-mails, which never arrive, backlog, so few that I simply can’t keep up with them….

Black Hole

She was created the day two stars collided.   Her kiss was black and beautiful. She used to say, love was like smoke and fire which filled her lungs, deadly yet meaningless.   In the moment of his death, he looked into her golden eyes. And as he saw both -The universe’s birth and death-…

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