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Nov 142012
 

by Henry 7. Reneau, Jr.

 

1.

 

The name-sayer of things, her muted hands on strings 

she cannot see an arch where-through

                                                     gleams that untraveled world.

2.

 

Her father’s daughter,

a worn, red scarf frames her face

                                    in silken borders of religious submission.

 

3.

 

Adam’s ego, in fear of falling,

subjugates a female’s dignity behind the veil,

                                                                     a sucked-clean rib.

 

4.

 

Beneath the burka, a woman in solitude,

luminescence within the howling chaos of clenched fists

                                         & stones thrown, no tempo, no notes.

 

5.

 

Not all who wander end up lost, only exile

                                that carries her everywhere,

                                                    nowhere, anywhere she wants.