This poem is longlisted for BN Poetry Award.


MAYBE WE WRITE to annoy –plucking
tears like almond fruits from the
eyes of men. Maybe we write
to provoke, like chanting
warriors to war. Maybe
we write to Remember
–weaving fantasies
like raffia basket.
Maybe we write to
arouse –melting the hidden thought of a solitary lover.

we write for
the sake of writing,
summoning friends
to our temple of art.
Maybe we write simply
like scribes, to polish
our sandals of imagery
and dust our cabinet
of words. Maybe
we write to
express or impress, to inform or REFORM. Maybe we write to narrate or relate
mysteries –of dirty shrinesthat MAKE babies, and neat and tidy hospitals
that cannot! Maybe we write of ERRORS –of power that has become wine
and pride that has become PILLOW. Maybe we write, yes, to be
about. Maybe we write to REMIND death of our names. And
perhaps, maybe we WRITE to stun, to amuse and
amaze like RASAQ*, yes, perhaps
M A Y B E!

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