issue 5: feb 2016, Poetry
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becoming latifah by Zaina Alsous

becoming latifah

i will plant you
like my mother

i will plant you
seeds of intifada
i will plant you
so my daughters can live
and grow daughters that live

do you know the way
to prepare zaytoun
nestled in their essence
i learned in a past life

i will plant you a bridge
a memory
we will forget

as i plant you
i will wonder if
all our people know
is living after endings


زينة الصوص (Zaina Alsous) is located in Durham, North Carolina. Her mother and father were both born and raised as Palestinian refugees in Lebanon. Her mother يسرا was born in Saida and her father عماد was born and raised in the Borj El Barajneh refugee camp. Her grandparents were forced to flee Palestine in 1948. “My poetry is inspired by exile, family, Islam and inherited traumas.”

You can find her on tumblr, twitter, and instagram.

Illustration by R Creatives. 

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