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Absence Painting


by Jihad Jamal


Are you here?

The yesterday is about to share

what we are expecting

tomorrow

time is penetrating in meditation while

all those we

love are saying goodbye.


a yearning departure

a soul getting old in love

a road and a traveller

a pure swagger


the wasteland of distance is the

guillotine for acclimatization and

receptivity


where are you now?

all the places miss you

absolute delirium singing


ghosts of smiles beg

misleading details

barricades

shaded lamps

nightmares

the demise of now


Are you here?

The now is watching you

the embryos

and the old messages


what I like and you crave

are you here now?


or I just love you and the yearning

elongate in the time that I’m no

longer in it


Are you here now or

it’s just that I’m another

person without you

who no longer realizes what

he is aware of.


Jihad Jamal is an award-winning Sudanese poet currently living in Doncaster.


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