Khaled Mattawa

(1964 / Libya)

Khaled Mattawa Poems

1. Rain Song 12/20/2014
2. East of Carthage: An Idyll 10/23/2015
3. Ramadan 11/30/2015
4. Date Palm Trinity 11/30/2015
5. Taproot And Cradle 12/8/2015

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East of Carthage: An Idyll

Look here, Marcus Aurelius, we've come to see
your temple, deluded the guards, crawled through a hole
in the fence. Why your descendent, my guide and friend

has opted for secrecy, I don't know. But I do know
what to call the Africans, passport-less, yellow-eyed
who will ride the boat before me for Naples, they hope.

Here the sea curls its granite lip at them and flings a winter
storm like a cough, or the seadog drops them at Hannibal's
shores, where they'll stand stupefied like his elephants.

What dimension of time will they cross at the Hours ...

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