Ulayya bint al-Mahdi’s Epigram by Yasmine Seale

Gustav Klimt, Expectation, 1905. Source: gustav-klimt.com

To love two people is to have it 

coming: body nailed to beams,

dismemberment.

But loving one is like observing

religion.

I held out until fever 

broke me. 

How long can grass

brave fire?

If I did not have hope

that my heart’s master’s

heart might bend to mine, 

I would be stranded, no

closer to gate than home.

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