Yahia Lababidi: Three Poems

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Chant Avedissian’s, from “Icons of the Nile”, 2010. Source: qulture.com

Allegiances

I am Destiny’s son

loyal by his side

(I never wander long)

.

Life is as remote to me

as Destiny is intimate:

an ache sweet and serene

.

When anxious, he gathers me in

promising otherworldly allure

outside all specificity

.

I honor him in all things

and he follows me everywhere

with eyes dark and tender

.

Surefooted and steady

threading through trees

I tread his black woods

.

In his night, I walk in light

in the dawning of understanding

and centered in his gravity.

.

What the Sunset Said

.

Something happened as the light was dying

it wasn’t just post-coital exhalation

where the once-possessed body is used up

and all that remains is bodiless trance

.

Rather, it seemed they were mirroring

a preternatural stillness,

two spiritual sentinels

transfixed and somehow Other

.

Science calls it “twilight calibrated magnetic compass”

yet it appeared beyond mere direction-finding

more a kind of existential orientation

consolidating all they knew, and listening

.

with their entire being, participating

silently, in a universal hymn

until they were pulled, as out of a viscous substance,

by the hungry cry of their nearby young

.

to become two feral pigeons, again

with this-world considerations

parenting, foraging, keeping alive

and, dazed, they consented to their stations.

.

Key-bored

.

drastic, plastic deity

in Electricity we trust

.

monitor our thoughts

save our lives

delete the hurt

start, again

.

online-lifeline

wired nerves

armchair travelers

pass the world by

.

ten impatient digits

frantic search engines

ravaged by a savage

boredom

.

world at your fingertips

(world is not enough)

brimming with longing

playing on unmusical keys

.

keys that open doors

to virtually Nowhere

virtual relations

virtual destinations

.

Real Time

.

crash on information highways

get lost in cyber space

caught in world wide web

.

mouse scurrying

dancing in place

Life is one click away

click click click, again.

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