Our Siesta Hour

Mona read to me
what is the book you have opened?
Mona stay as you are
just transcribe to me

I will sit on the floor of your room
while you lounge on your seat
while quilted birds sing in the background
as you read something new
opening world of words

Mona teach me a new language
languid woman of Lebanese
Mona don’t turn out the light
your words may cast fear in the dark

Mona which book next?
which chapter tomorrow
Mona read until i sleep
until i am ready to travel somewhere new…

* Mona Trad Dabaji graduated from the American University of Beirut, just as the civil war broke out in Lebanon. She currently lives and works in Beirut, where she has been teaching painting since 1993

*paintings for this poem: the Omar Khayyâm à l’Heure de la Sieste series

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About Crazy Irishman

Touted as a working man's poet, Martin Durkin has been writing professionally for the last 12 years. He has appeared in over twenty anthologies across North America, including, "And left a place to stand on", a collection of poems and essays about the late great Al Purdy. Durkin has also published two collections of poetry, "Hypnotic Childhood", and "The Sound of Quish". Over the past 4 years, Durkin has been on hiatus for the most part but has recently come back to the poetry scene creating a poetry site called crazyirishman.wordpress.com, where in the past year he has written over 100 poems and created a cross over page on https://www.facebook.com/crazyirishmanpoetry where he gives a story behind each of the pieces written. View all posts by Crazy Irishman

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