Kazim Ali

(1971 / United Kingdom)

Prayer - Poem by Kazim Ali

Denuded and abandoned I recite
but what do I want
To rise again from the ocean
or be buried alive in the surge and sleep
To be a fearsome range in a single body
or to wind my unity down into depth
Missing in action, ghost-like
bobbing in the distance
Singing psalms to terrify myself
into deciding:
So long liberation
My time in the world was
only a gesture
My body a lonely
an ache
I never knew

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, March 25, 2014

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