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Lisa Suhair Majaj

 

 

 

 

 

Love Story

 

Their love twined up the trunks

of gnarled banyan trees

on a hillside sloping to the sea

 

It soared with swallows

that whirled and banked

in luminous dusk

 

Its shifting cadences

traced an intricate pattern

across smooth and broken tile

 

Its dancing flame 

flickered and flared across decades

lighting the winding path

 

Later, they marveled

how the story became a story in the first place

how it kept on rewriting itself

 

like the full moon above them

waxing and waning and waxing again

in a sky still glimmering with promise

Lisa Suhair Majaj is the author of Geographies of Light (winner of the Del Sol Press Poetry Prize) and co-editor of three volumes of literary essays: Intersections: Gender, Nation and Community in Arab Women's Novels (Syracuse University Press, 2002), Etel Adnan: Critical Essays on the Arab-American Writer and Artist (McFarland Publishing, 2002) and Going Global: The Transnational Reception of Third World Women Writers. (NY: Garland/Routledge, 2000). She publishes poetry, creative nonfiction and critical essays in journals and anthologies the US, Europe and the Middle East, and has read at venues such as London's Poetry International. She currently lives in Cyprus. (from Geographies of Light)