Summer 2009 • Vol. XXXI No. 3 PoetryJuly 1, 2009 |

Smoke

With a cigarette in her left hand she says love built the gazebo . . . Thirty years after the smoke between the two clans had cleared His from a village meaning Little Planet In the coastal plains hers from the city of golden locks They were off to a faraway country of immigrants No blood was shed no wedding only marriage Then her husband sought identity in manuscripts At the oldest campus on another continent There were riots there the philosophers had joined the students Fumes arched and landed into the cuff of his pants It had been the first time he'd seen tear gas Bombs even though he was among those who Decades prior had burned down an ancient capital . . . He flicked his leg and the bomb went flying into the crowd He's next to her now Her secondhand smoke Even if he was once caught in a street battle during a civil war He rushed inside the first door That would open a madam greeted him and offered One of her girls for a fee and in a second h

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Fady Joudah was the recipient of the Griffin International Poetry prize in 2013. His latest poetry collections are Alight and Textu, from Copper Canyon Press. Textu is written in meter based on the character count of smart phones. He is a practicing physician of internal medicine.

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