Who

                  Is

         He

 

That the sky

 

That the blue

 

          Who is he that rainstorms out of firmament

 

          Who is he steering hearts into disaster

 

          Who

                    Is

          Who

                    Is

 

The street tearing apart memory

 

The old people stomping the ground and pounding their chests

 

The sentiment that the soldier kiss the ears

 

                    Who

                                        Is

                              He

 

                    Who

                                        Is

                              He

 

          Mountain shake

Warring earth

 

          Sophists praise

A half-dead garden

 

          Dimensions of the body grow

 

          Out of marble

The man the woman

 

The force the feet push

 

The heat in which the steel forge

 

          Give motion to two intimates

 

                    Who is he.

 

                    Who is he.

 

                    Who is he.

 

                    Who is he.


 

My mother gave me arms to fight.

 

She strapped me to a chair and silenced me.

 

Beauty and weakness

 

In a cold air turn

 

The immensity of a body leave

 

                    Who is he.

          Who is he.

 

                   Brick and mortar red and black.

          The crux of the problem the edge of the blade.

 

In my bed

 

Every flood remembering stop

 

The chord struck by snapping wrists on the keyboard

 

Dying for your misunderstanding

 

                    You are not the blood and bones

          

          You are not the flesh and water

 

          Shift in the seat and groan, groan

          

                    And will never know.

          Who is he.

 

Crowds gather to watch a star fall


 

                    And disperse

 

          When the dark

 

          Becomes

 

Light.



 

Philadelphia, 2019

Bessam Idani is an artist and political organizer from New York. He is the author of two novels, Self and Under the Sun, and the composer or co-composer of three albums, "Nondivision," "Heart, Mind," and "Again-Awakening-Am." His upcoming novel, The Sword and the Neck, is set for release in 2022. His journalistic and analytical works have appeared in whyy.org, The Philadelphia Public School Notebook, Arab America, OMAAT Magazine, and other publications. His work as a visual artist is also featured on ninshar.art. He lives and works in Philadelphia.

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