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LAND OF EXILE

It is a place of divided loyalties,

where hankering for the past disquiets

and eagerness for the future overawes

both strangers and old hands.

 

Here, we cobble together

a realm of ambitions .

yours, one of constancy;

mine, of hope – far from

where I was blown out

thousands of sand dunes away.

 

Where I come from,

we speak of movement

in hushed tones.

Where I come from,

we like to  keep still.

 

I look around

this city of fit and frenzy,

the stony assemblages

rising from the restless land.

 

And I realize

we are the same,

together

in this bold pastiche,

appropriated as if unalive.

 

A. V.

15 August 2007

 

2 Responses to “LAND OF EXILE”

  1. Aminatou says:

    This text is from a friend we have met recently, and this is always really great to have contributions like your’s,
    Thank you for your poem AV!
    It’s beautiful!
    Aminatou

  2. Daniel says:

    Beautiful, perfect, delicate, and strong.

    Thank you.

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