i beg God to keep September with us

i beg God to keep September with us

i beg God to keep September with us

A Poem by Farah El-Nahal

i beg God to keep September with us

                                dibana

on the rim of your cup &

              you are unbothered

 

i dare the         sun to peek at         you

and she     blushes 

 

        the girl                                                                                                                  growing in m-e likes to read poems without permission 

 

i undress my language

             and you tell me you like it makasara 

 

it reminds you that i am full     of all the wrong blood/of all the wrong                                     girl

 

douse me in zam         zam     water

      and supplicate in a colonizer's tongue 

 

mold me into something smaller

 

you like it when i'm               uncomfortable

 

               and i love it

when you tell me to sink

 

Farah El-Nahal

Farah El-Nahal is a senior at Toledo School for the Arts with a major in creative writing. She has been previously published in Public Pool, Germ, and Khroma. She will soon have work appearing in Jaffat El Aqlam.

 

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