Venus Khoury-Ghata

(1937 / Bsharri / Lebanon)

For Noha Al Hegelan

At that time the earth was so high up
women hung out clouds and laundry on the same line
angels gripped their skirts to keep them from following stray souls

Everything that frequented water had a soul
clay jug, gourd, basin
buckets fished out the ones stagnating in the wells' indifference

Every moving shadow sketched a phantom

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