Addison Namnoum's poetry has appeared in Public Pool, Platypus Press' 2412 mini-chapbook series, Off the Coast, and JuxtaProse Magazine. Her short story "Bozeman, Montana' was selected as a runner-up in the 2016 Crazyhorse Crazyshorts! Contest. She serves as a reader for A Public Space and lives in Philadelphia with her partner and their dog, Sula.
Edited by Catherine Chambers
October 25, 2017
We Too Have Crossed
Tonight awake in the safety of my bed
thinking of those who are in journey
who have left mountains regimes
left lives the color of dust I watch
my arm extend by moonlight.
See it turn its fingers its good fist.
My people too once crossed
a jagged breathing line
their names received by Anglo mouths
by eyes to rove over our skin
by tongues to test the labneh spoon
test tabouleh kibbeh (cooked, not raw)
our orecchiette in bitter broth …
Though now it has been years
and we forget the bodies in this poem.
We forget the boats
the camps the tumbled earth
child with an empty head.
Forget at night our borders breathe
soft and willful breaths
Bellies that dream tomorrow's dream
that wonderfully rise and set.
Poets Resist is published by Glass Poetry Press.
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