Lina Al-Sharif

Edition XXII

Stun - by Lina Al-Sharif (Photo by Craig Whitehead)Photo credit: Craig Whitehead


By Lina Al-Sharif

You aren’t the girl
who’s going to stun
by a twirl of pleated skirt
hazel braids crowned
with daisies and jasmines.

You aren’t the woman
who’s going to standout
by cooking everything to perfection
ironing the collar of shirts like swords
shining mirrors and tiles.

You aren’t the lady
who’s going to astonish
by the books you author
the stars you locate
the patriarchs you topple.

You aren’t the person
who looks to stun anyone
just like a blade of waterfall
hitting the ground or like
cherry blossom spouts.

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