The Death of a Poet
a poem by Deema Mahmood
I heard that a close-by poet crouched inside the mouth of death
I don’t know him
But the squeaking that smacked my nerve ends
Alerted me to the void around
Perhaps because death sensors in my imagination gleaming in all directions showed no mercy.
They were loading children, teenagers,beautiful women,
Paupers, vendors, old people, lovers, and gays for free
And dumping them into junk yards full of skulls, epitaphs, and skeletons
While cutting white surrender flags into shrouds, and silly coffins
A poet dies
That means the curve of the street corner will be sharper
That bullshit will pour out of the belly of indifference
That more holes and garbage will accumulate in the back street
That pine and oak trees will bend
That the executioner will increase the number of guillotines getting ready for the massacre
When the poet dies the wall on which jasmine sleeps
The maysaloon will wither, doves will cry
Seas will pour into rivers
Vine tree will yield raisins
And young maidens will awaken from love dreams
The poet overflows with love that exceeds life
Life can’t suffer him, so it mutilates itself.
A little while in the coffin,
And he’ll seep into the eye of the sun
After hiding it from the eye of death
And hiding death from death itself.
He’ll gather its light into balls that he’ll roll over the earth
So that others dance with butterflies on their way to death!
About the author:
Deema Mahmoud is an Egyptian poet, born in 1972. She holds a Bachelor degree in Computer Sciences and Statistics, 1993. She ‘s held the position of Professor assistant for many years in the departments of Computer sciences, Mathematics and Statistics in both the College of Education and the College of Health Sciences in Abha, Saudi Arabia.
Her publication include Braids of Spirit (Poetry), Dar Al-Adham, Cairo, 2015; I Pick Quarrels with the Horizon over a Violin (Poetry), Dar Al Ain, Cairo, 2017; and a third book of poetry in progress. Many of her poems have been translated into English, French, Spanish and Portuguese and published in several anthologies in those languages. She has participated in many poetry and cultural events inside and outside of Egypt.
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