Desert.White stone, tile floor cool the feet
that have walked miles in my mind
The call to prayer from the nearby mosque
coats my skin with cumin cumin or cummin (both: kŭm`ĭn), low annual herb (Cuminum cyminum) of the family Umbelliferae (parsley family), long cultivated in the Old World for the aromatic seedlike fruits.
smells of longing
smells of cardomom-scented turkish coffee
smells of god, sounds of god
hunger for god overpowers me
as the magenta sky dyes
my white linen dress, absorbing beads of sweat
from honey-colored skin.
Eggs sizzle siz·zle
intr.v. siz·zled, siz·zling, siz·zles
1. To make the hissing sound characteristic of frying fat.
2. To seethe with anger or indignation.
3. in the pan.
Crisp white linen uniform of the chef
who offers Western omelette
to a Western woman
overlooking a Western sky.
The aroma of prayer feeds the masses
and in me it awakens a desire so strong
gulp down air to soothe the rocks
of a hopeless throat.
Jaffa is a haze
pushing me deeper
into the tile floor, into searing sear 1
v. seared, sear·ing, sears
1. To char, scorch, or burn the surface of with or as if with a hot instrument. See Synonyms at burn1.
And still longing remains. Longer
and longer I wait
reach out to grasp this haunting
sound, this smell that makes me
ache ache ache.
Arms pinned to my sides, I
cannot touch what I already know
cannot touch what I already feel
cannot smell god wafting
into orifices of my body
with the strange scent of a man
soul of a woman.
Heart treads on sand
with the sole of my shoe,
hardened salty blood encasing
magenta organs over Western sky
Western omelette grown cold
in a white China plate
white China doll China Doll may refer to:
to know what she already knows
feel what she already feels
melting into pools of longing
seas of desire drifting into distant prayer.
Jaclyn Piudik's poems have been published in WV Magazine, the Poetry in Performance Anthology, Columbia Poetry Review, and Barrow Street; her book reviews in American Book Review and Sojourner. She is the recipient of a New York New York, state, United States
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The academy was created in 1934 in New York City by Mrs. , and the Goodman Fund Grant for Excellence in Creative Writing, in addition to several academic awards. She has taught at the City College of New York “City College” redirects here. For other uses, see City College (disambiguation).
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