O sharp wind
(turning corners ruffling hair)
you’ve traveled from so far to get here
whipped water into waves enhancing the
work of the deep machinery of churning currents
blown coats equally of diplomats and dipsomaniacs
sculpted the outlines of elephants and ants (who miraculously
hold to the ground till you pass)
your invisible gunshots blowing holes and flinging debris
loosening roofs and rattling windows
chasing hats and newspapers then suddenly
dropping them at the feet of strangers
whistling and warbling singing a single note with
multiple modulations both sound and no sound
yet almost decipherable words formed in
breathy enunciation messages from distant
planetary corners to the bristling cheeks and closing eyes of these
passersby attempting to walk through you
hearing but not heeding your words

4/12/2001 (from The Music Space)

About danielabdalhayymoore

Poet, artist, collagist, publisher, hoping to save a little bit of the world through ecstatic utterance... ordered in balanced lines and unpremeditated images...
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3 Responses to Poem: O SHARP WIND

  1. Adnan says:

    Sallams. I love this poem. It creates so many images in my mind. How do you do this 🙂


  2. taslim says:

    Thank you!

    I really love prose like this which are like ‘conversations’, ‘pleas’ or merely observations made by the onlooker.

    Lovely stuff.

    It would be great to read what the ‘wind’ says in return 🙂


  3. Shireen says:

    masha’Allah, what a strong and beautiful …it gives emotion and reason to what some might fear. Subhan’Allah…the elements of our world are incredible.


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