Death of a Poet

The Death of a Poet

a poem by Deema Mahmood


Scent of Broq-pa, 2018.  Artist: Ziesook You . Photography, 51.76 cm, $1500

Scent of Broq-pa, 2018. Artist: Ziesook You. Photography, 51.76 cm, $1500

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

will fall

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!

Photo source: the author

Photo source: the author

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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