Miss Sahar Listens to Fairuz Sing “The Bees’ Path”
If you’re going to go,if you’re going to scorch this heartand leave a desert in your absence,tell me now and I’ll follow the bees.If you’re going to scorch this heart,I’ll hem the horizon in solitude.Tell me now and I’ll follow the beesinside the anemones scarring the hillside.I’ll hem the horizon in solitude,the light lengthening, breakinginside the anemones scarring the hillside.I’ll spiral inside the dome of the sky.The light lengthening, breaking,this moment gathered around usas I spiral inside the dome of the sky.Spring is a ravishment forever dying dying dying.This moment gathered around us ishoney and wild greens and the promiseof ravishment forever dying dying dying.We’re just another love song, remembered or forgotten.Honey and wild greens and the promiseof losing you in the desert of what happens next.We’re just another love song, remembered or forgotten.Will you stay until the anemones fold back into the land?Will you stay until the anemones fold back into the landor leave a desert in your absence?Are we just another love song, remembered or forgotten?Tell me now and I’ll follow the bees.
Copyright © 2019 by Lena Khalaf Tuffaha
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Reproduced by Poetry Daily with permission.
Lena Khalaf Tuffaha is an American poet of Palestinian, Syrian, and Jordanian heritage. Her first book of poems, Water & Salt (Red Hen, 2017), won the 2018 Washington State Book Award and received an Honorable Mention from the Arab American Book Awards. Her chapbook, Arab in Newsland, won the 2016 Two Sylvias Press Prize. Her poems appear in Alaska Quarterly Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, New England Review, and Waxwing among others. You can learn more about her writing at www.lenakhalaftuffaha.com.
Tuffaha would like to acknowledge that her poem is after the song, “The Bees’ Path,” by the Rahbani brothers.
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