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An-Nur Al-Ain: Somewhere Greater  

Somewhere greater, the meaning of life  
has been written like a palindrome; night 
is about tensing meditations: look at palms 
from a full day’s labour, serving favours  
is a close equivalent to lifting jagged 
pebbles in coarse handle-less shovels.  
Ask the day-cestrum of the dew it must 
forego, and of the moon-blooming lotus 
floating on calm plates of an aqua-earth 
how bodies lumber on encumbered calves 
of that which goes unspoken. Come armed 
with stories, your chest behind a shield 
of transparency, heaving to the universe’s 
rippling rhythms, cooing like a forest  
flower beneath sheets of ash-clouds; 
somewhere greater calls from within, 
give rise to the ghost trying to break 
free. Dawn is the coastguard, your  
sails independent way-finders. 

Sheikha A. is from Pakistan and United Arab Emirates. Her work appears in a variety of literary venues (both magazines and anthologies), the links of which are kept as records at her blog She has recently co-authored a digital chapbook entitled Nyctophiliac Confessions through Praxis Magazine Online.

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