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

Still Life

You write your name on unstained glass So you're either broken or seen through When it came time for the affidavit The panel asked how much art Over the blood of strangers the word Mentioned the weather and the sleepers Under the weather all this Was preceded by tension enzymatic To the hills behind us and the forests ahead Where children don't sleep In resting tremor and shelling The earth is a pomegranate A helmet ochre or copper sinks In buoyant salt water Divers seek its womb despite its Dura mater And it hangs on trees like pregnant mistletoes I'll stand next to one and have my German lover Remember me on a Mediterranean island Though she would eventually wedAn Israeli once she'd realized What she wanted from life A mother of two On the nose of Mount Carmel Where my wife's father was born driven out But there lies the rub Ο Lord My father's hands depearl The fruit in a few minutes add a drop Of rose water some shredded coconut For us to gather aroun

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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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