NOTES FROM THE VALLEY OF YIN AND YANG

Siham Karami

Excruciating shrieks from broken women
Reset the oblivion of men. 

First, the story of police and rape. 
Then, his favorite music drowns the omen. 

Were you not a chick that wouldn't hatch
until you had devoured the albumen?

Unleash the harnessed flight and burn the cages!
Let all that lives discover its acumen. 

Too much pain, this hardening of moments—
my hours petrify, then march like men.

On our backs, we scan for Leonids:
starry bullets seed the sky like semen. 

I loved a man whose heart, a mountain weeping,
vaporized its tears to stand with men.

The yellowed album of the raucous women
hides behind a fleeting, loud Amen!

And when the Arrow misses every mark,
was it the shaft, the point? The eyes of men?

 

SIHAM KARAMI's poetry appears or will appear in The Comstock Review, Measure, Unsplendid, Möbius, String Poet, The Centrifugal Eye, Mezzo Cammin, Angle Poetry, Wordgathering, Loch Raven Review, Snakeskin, Raintown Review, The Lavender Review, Atavic Poetry, Innisfree Journal, and the anthology Irresistible Sonnets, among other places. A Pushcart Prize nominee, she was inspired to write ghazals by the work of Agha Shahid Ali and Roger Sedarat.