Aphelion Issue 295, Volume 28
June 2024 --
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by Amirah Al Wassif

I had a dream of cows lead some people;
Who were humming an old-fashioned poem.
The sound of the flute was coming out from the teeth of an ancient Oak tree.
In that dream also, there was a moon and a half falling into my mother's lap
She was stitching a great piece of the sky upon the little heads of three terrified cats.
I had a dream of being a gorilla
The dirt was caked perfectly with my fingers
I was another version of myself
Peeping into another world
Bathing in another water.
My body had billions of rooms
Empty ones without guests.
I was closed to be a river
But the temptation to be something bigger
Made me kneel
Swerving like a verse
Hovers like an angel's napkin.
Shivers like a love song
In a poet's chest.

© 2024 Amirah Al Wassif

Amirah Al Wassif is an award-winning published poet. Their poetry collection "For Those Who Don’t Know Chocolate" was published in February 2019 by Poetic Justice Books & arts, and their illustrated children book: The Cocoa Boy and Other Stories was published in February 2020. Another poetry collection "to bury a curious girl" was published by Bedazzled Ink Publishing Company. Their poems have appeared in several prints and online publications including South Florida Poetry, Birmingham Arts Journal, Hawaii Review, The Meniscus, Chiron Review, The Hunger, Writers Resist, Right Now, and several other publications.

Find more by Amirah Al Wassif in the Author Index.