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With Her the Earrings.

The verb "have" does not exist in Arabic.

 A Frenchman owned the antiquities shop on boulevard Mohammed
V--treasures looted in the old days of colonialism or bartered cheap in
a smoky bazaar. Four gold square coins transgressed into earrings Arabic
covering the surface, invocations neither she nor the Frenchman could
read. She wasn't thinking of their dubious provenance, or what her
purchase would add to insult or theft. They were exotic mementos to
possess, medals for service in a difficult campaign. "Monnaie
Marocaine Frappee a Sabta
      au 12-13th siecle"
 before Spain took the port in 1580. The coins, stolen more than once,
so too the town where they were struck-- Roman colony, then Arab,
Portuguese, Spanish. The Moroccans want it back. Men fadlak
, take the earrings too. With her what she remembers, these coins of her
realm. 

from A Selected History of Her Heart

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Author:Oles, Carole
Publication:Prairie Schooner
Article Type:Poem
Geographic Code:6MORO
Date:Mar 22, 2010
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