David Jalajel

qasida #40

the pounding wind pulls your inner world
apart like a rusty shed, each toppled wall

tumbling off the rocks, the anxious air
adhesive, pushing against you as you crawl

down through the tempest, into billows of dust,
hearing the raspy echoes of your sobs fall

each time you’re stung by agitated bees
shaken from tattered flowers, & you recall

the drought that shadows every storm, that drags
the moisture from your lungs, as air from all

around is sucked back – & fizzles to a gasp,
stretched thin & ragged in this stifled squall



Brief Bio:
David Jalajel is the author of Moon Ghazals (Beard of Bees Press, 2009), Cthulhu on Lesbos (Ahadada Books, 2011) -- which is book-length poem in Sapphic stanzas -- and a chapbook in Dan Waber’s This is Visual Poetry series (2013). His work has appeared in a number of online and print journals, including Otoliths, Shampoo, experiential-experimental-literature, Recursive Angel, The New Post-Literate, and Gulf Coast. Poems in the “qasida” series have appeared in The Ghazal Page, Anti-, Lynx, Mizna, and Eclectica.