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Unexpected Gifts

bright flowering / of forgotten bulbs

December 12, 2023

a stranger walks by—
a pleasant scent

bright flowering
of forgotten bulbs

fine undulations
behind a slow boat

skin memory
from last night’s lovemaking

This poem appeared in We Call to the Eye & the Night: Love Poems by Writers of Arab Heritage, edited by Hala Alyan and Zeina Hashem Beck and published by Persea Books.