Lena Khalaf Tuffaha is an American poet of Palestinian, Jordanian, and Syrian heritage. Her first book of poems, Water & Salt, will be published by Red Hen Press this April. Her chapbook, Arab in Newsland, is the winner of the 2016 Two Sylvias Press Prize and will be published in March. Most recently, her poems have been published by journals including Barrow Street, Blackbird, Crab Creek Review, Diode, the Rumpus, and . They have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net. She is an MFA candidate in Poetry at Rainier Writing Workshop and lives in Redmond, Washington with her family.

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Lena Khalaf Tuffaha

Miss Sahar Breaks Her Fast

Allahuma in you I believe and for you I have turned away sustenance and pleasure. Allahuma though water is scarce, my veins are moist and my heart beats to the sound of your words. Allahuma in the embrace of your will I am nourished, my forehead caressing the earth you have made. Allahuma guide me when the earth you have made is stolen from beneath my forehead and the house where I pray is leveled. Allahuma let your will manifest in water, let your will be a river or a tender rain or a truckload of gallons that passes the checkpoint.

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