Shaimaa Abdelkarim: Two Poems

Anna Boyiazis, from “Finding Freedom in the Water”, Zanizibar, 2018. Source: lifestyle.luxusni-bydleni-praha.com

 

Tremolo Provocateur

 

untuned     time

those improvised lines

unearthed tragedies

awaited

 

agency is someone else’s fortune

when all they see

genres of what we be

عيون ترسم واقعا لتلوم ما لم يكن

ويغدو الآخر     في خيال مقتبس

 strings to flesh

flesh to being

سرد من الآخر

 

being     trembling

strings to being

 

unmuting our senses

to resonance

our response-ability

 

 

 

Babbling

 

I lost all interest in small talk

the sounds of “how you’ve been” fade into tempos on be/longing

 

those “we never see you around” are my burdens of absence

 

we absent in your visibility

 

show-up

grounded-flocks

always in groups

while we keep it real

 

the politics of absence

my poetics in absence

 

yet

all interested in small talk

 

chit-chatter

fussing-matter

tongue-tied

calculable-ties

 

planes-dropping

quivering-lives

death-tolls

heightened-drives

street-dreams

 

protest-screams

 

yet

all in small talk

 


Shaimaa Abdelkarim is a PhD student mostly researching into the resistant and idiosyncratic desires of human rights scholars. Some of her poems appear in Burning House Press and a few coming in print sometime too soon with Silver Pinion.