Cruising with Grief by Nadim Choufi

Bulbuls puffed up or overgrown

gaze on the shoe tracks

coming together in meager furrows

a votive shedding beyond

hitchhiker seeds & what brings it

held by wet shirts alone in flutters

the park’s rim does not end but pulls

into the smaller curls at joints & fixed bones

the draft caught in a tree clips a silverleaf

trying to take flight in the midst

of a flurry there is no shape


Image by Nadia Ayari, Build III, 2016

Nadim Choufi is a Lebanese poet and his recent work has appeared in or is forthcoming from Versal, Sukoon, the Shade Journal, and elsewhere. He tweets from @nadimchoofs.

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