Shame
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Shame

She tilted her head to the left and scrunched her nose. “Do I know you?” I replied sheepishly. Yeah, I came here a while back… “Yeees, a long time ago! I remember you, come in!” I followed her inside, and took my place in the space where her hand guided me. I sat back, and … Continue reading

Coin
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Coin

Written sometime in 2013 _______________________________   The customer walks away, leaving the merchant counting his money. …Correction – HER money. HER hard earned money. She looks down at the bag, marveling at how oversized – and empty – it looks now that it has become her property. She strains to hear the sound coming from the bottom … Continue reading

A to B
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A to B

Written sometime in 2014 _____________________________________ Hi, I’m Sara. I don’t believe we’ve met. Although… You look mad familiar And I’m sure I look real familiar to you too ‘Cause from the way you’ve been twisting, twirling, and tossing my name in your mouth I could’ve sworn we was like *this*, son! Nah, bruh, hold up, … Continue reading

Love Poem
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Love Poem

This poem was written sometime in 2013, in response to a complaint from a young man who approached me after a poetry slam to tell me that he gave me a score of zero because I “should have written about more important things, like love” _______________________________________ Sugar lump, honey pie Do save me from my critical mind … Continue reading

Waiting in Vain
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Waiting in Vain

Written sometime in 2012  _______________________ I could cry, but what good would it do It won’t bring you home sooner Won’t bridge the widening gap between us Won’t change the fact that time and time again You Insist on taking the car when you know full well that I have somewhere to go. I was really looking … Continue reading

Shuffa3 Almughtaribeen [Diaspora Offspring]
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Shuffa3 Almughtaribeen [Diaspora Offspring]

This is the preface to what will hopefully be an actual manual, also titled Shuffa3 Almughtaribeen. Pray for me, y’all. ____________________________________________ A letter from the Chairman of the Invisibility Committee. “Bita3rifi almashla3eeb?” (Do you know what a ‘mashla’eeb‘ is?) “Tayib, algargareeba?” (How about a ‘gargareeba‘?) “Tayib, bita3rifi alsifinja? Ma albilbasooha fil kuraa3 – altania” (Okay, … Continue reading