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Here Today by Salimah Valiani

[tabby title="Poem"] I’ve been swift and demanding Asking you to love your neighbours throughfences save and ration — stop assuming make things usually made for you do things usually done for you sprout time rather thandevouring it reach for those...

The precious by Salimah Valiani

[tabby title="Poem"] At his death I wrote of golden tears shed for a cruel step-grandfather And how I hoped tears for my own father would not be the same I wrote this by a lake And the ways of water...

Hand Washing Story of a Refugee Family by Salimah Valiani

[tabby title="Poem"] Hand Washing Story of a Refugee Family what happens when you goto your maami* dyingin a faraway hospital? you learn the 7 stepsof washing hands: rinse to liftthe dirt inlaid(the wrong you did hernot visiting when she was...

All in a spoon by Salimah Valiani

[tabby title="Poem"] All in a spoon A small teaspoon,A teaspoon twice its size:What can one dothe other cannot? A small teaspoon can train the mind toeat less eat slowerA small teaspoon can stretchl e s s f o o d...

The ivory of speech by Salimah Valiani

[tabby title="Poem"] The ivory of speech …of course I hated the warsbut like all men activeI fought in them tooAnd now I speak to youfrom blood and broken-nessAs in a forest:all the trees that are fallen and kept alive by...