The precious by Salimah Valiani

[tabby title="Poet Bio"] 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...

Hand Washing Story of a Refugee Family by Salimah Valiani

[tabby title="Poet Bio"] 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...

All in a spoon by Salimah Valiani

[tabby title="Poet Bio"] 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...

The ivory of speech by Salimah Valiani

[tabby title="Poet Bio"] 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...