More Than Wanderers
They tell me that to end our torment
we should forget your lovers call
of hopeless streets
alive and swimming in burning embers
of longing and revival.
They wish we would lay bare our hands
and force from our palms
the hurried prose
that we etched across our hearts
which tell the stories of a thousand ephemeral mornings
with the sun rising
to kiss your mountaintops.
But how can they demand that we
let slip from our memory
how distance has clipped our wings
and stolen every morsel from our stomachs
only to leave us stranded in the cage of longing
made to fill the fibers of our pillows
with the salt of the sea.
"Nothing lasts," they tell us
"Nothing lasts," they say
but so long as home is still a taste
that wraps itself around our tongues
we care not
that we will trek across the fires
until the land becomes that which clings
to our feet
instead of the heavy distance
between each breath.
There is no remedy for the end
so let the oil run dry
and let Atropos’ scissors
creep towards the thread of life
for we have already found eternity
to your olive trees and cedars.
For even in our exile we gladly eat this bitter fruit
if it will end the stranger's lullaby
about the suitcase forever shackled to our ankles
if it will end their questions
of where we are from
like daggers to a lonely lover's heart
whose supplications find no answers.
Paradise will forever be
the plucking of the oud
an intoxicating rapture
that draws my grandmother's chamomile tea
to my lips
and gently lays the perfume of belonging
around my neck
nestled beneath the noose of desolation.
Our lives are love letters
drawn in pomegranate seeds
and the heavy footsteps our fathers took
against marble floors
we make ablution with the tears of our mothers
whose bodies are maps
marking our way through tragedy.
The day will come when we'll burn the suitcases
and throw our passports into the sea
and we will be more than wanderers.
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