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Egypt

          -1-

This narrow vein 
pulses in red earth
blood of thousands
meanders
through valleys barren 
a surface wounded
cries dry tears
down to Iskandariyya (1)

          White sails cover
          undercurrent
          once sun burned 
          monoliths choke
          tide provides
          no air for their 
          drowned lungs


          -2-

Where grows papyrus
How can I write
with these reeds
my ancestors' annals

          Where is that land
          that has my name 
          displaced
          cast out
          yesterdays and tomorrows
          erased.


          -3-

Merciless strangers 
hewn mouths in set faces
staccato tongue
dismissive diaspora

          White cotton spores blown
          in khamaseen (2)
          feel their protective shelter
          burn
          suffocate



(1) Al-Iskandariyya: Alexandria
(2) khamsin: Hot desert wind, blowing from south to north.

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July 17, 2017
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