Reality Check

How I do remember the night sounds of summer

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Reality Check
for U

How I do remember…
The night sounds of summer,
Windows echoing the call to prayer,
The kids playing in the streets,
The wind blowing our sheets,
With too loud music from a party somewhere,
A wedding procession honking their horns,
The smell of hot falafel,
Shrill sirens and voices,
Hot words and hot scorns.

We floated up through the ceiling
Left the TV. behind,
Left the bed, left the room,
With our bodies entwined.
Left even those ridiculous hang-ups of mine.
We shot through the roof and hung in midair,
The apartment, the city now distant,
A pale glare.
We launched ourselves while fireworks
Burst in the air,
A doomed flight from the beginning,
Careening over the castle walls
A flash comet to nowhere.

Now,
I can only recall in the vaguest of ways
The feel and touch of your skin,
The open mouth laugh,
With your head thrown back,
Or that sly and mischievous grin.

The only thing you are to me
Is what you used to be.
It’s getting easier to hold that thought
Some memory lives are quite finite
And now you don’t fill me,
You are no longer enough.

But…
How I do remember

The night sounds of summer,
Windows echoing the call to prayer,
The kids playing in the streets,
The wind blowing our sheets,
With too loud music from a party somewhere,
A wedding procession honking their horns,
The smell of hot falafel,
Shrill sirens and voices,
Hot words and hot scorns.

The only thing you are to me
is what you used to be.
It’s getting easier to hold that thought,
Some memory lives are quite finite
And now you don’t fill me,
You are no longer enough.

Karima Hoisan
Jordan 2006
© 2007 all rights reserved

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One Response to Reality Check

  1. Hoyt Heron says:

    Thank you for this! All can relate.

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