Daily Archives: May 24, 2016

Common Birds by Antony Owen

I am not a silent poet

I would rather hear anthems by common birds from bookies

than peacocks yelling their beauty like poets who write in Harrington.

I would rather be carried to God in clouds of the zoo-wolves howling

Then a mad man shaking incense begging on marble to common folk.

I would rather wait a million years to see a refugee claim the moon,

I picture a woman with a flag made from clothes dripping oceans and sweat.

I picture a child being cleaned by wolves and they howl at spaceships drowning

I picture a God declaring himself human but from London or Washington first.

I would rather hear laughter from a child that never knew it

Than a common bird singing to a world obsessed by peacocks

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A Tap on the Roof by Hafsah Aneela Bashir

I am not a silent poet

The warning scud skirts the roof
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58 seconds to run
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58 seconds to run
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58 seconds to run
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Slah Nuwasrah gathers his nephews
Nidal wide-eyed
Muhammad screams in his cot
The pregnant wife frozen to her bed
Corner of the quilt chewed wet by clamped teeth
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48 seconds to run
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48 seconds to run
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48 seconds to run
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Serrated edge of a warning phone call
Spreads panic
Hana frantically searches the yard
‘Where is Muhammad Malaka?’
Wheels of a little bike spin to a halt
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38 seconds to run
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38 seconds to run
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38 seconds to run
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Basema sips her coffee
Thirsty from today’s long fast
Husband, Mahmud has his feet up on the table – again
She lovingly chides him and says ‘Don’t, the children will do…

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