Winter 2008 • Vol. XXX No. 1 Poetry |

The Narrative

1. Yehuda Amichai is pondering a cracked ancient Jerusalem stone with his fingers— no point in appeasing a stone, he whispers as he rubs the obstinate, light-lifting indentation that punctuates its forehead— Do stones have wombs, he wonders? Or can they be sculpted into nests for birds? 2. He serves bundles of stones to the bent mourners: this one is for the burial procession around the olive groves; this one for the lone, smoky arm left on the sidewalk; this one for the half-deaf Arab who listens to the whisper of stones and smells in their skin a heavenward thyme; this one for each stolen fingerprint taken at the airport. 3 He tells the soldiers that his mother's house once belonged to the dark— there was not a single lit window in those dark days, so much graying, so little call from the birds, and in coming to belong— we made the desert bloom, we made the desert sing until even these phantoms started humming our national anthems until these Jerusalem s

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Deema Shehabi is a Palestinian-American poet whose work has appeared widely in anthologies and literary journals, including Literary Imagination, Massachusetts Review, New Letters, and Inclined to Speak: Contemporary Arab-American Poetry. Her poems have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize three times, and she currently resides in northern California with her family.

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