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written by: Anwer Ghani


No windows in my small house where the birds had been made of faint shadow and the rivers are laughing with tears. Our windy December has destroyed everything even my soul so I am now just a soulless apparition. Look at our trees; they are so kneeling because the wind has stolen their dreams. I am a man from the south where everything is soft and bland, but the rigid hands of this windy December have scattered our girls’ woolgathering.

December is not my friend, but I see its footprints and follow them. It fills my lung with wild air; yes, our December is crazy and has so attractive eastern eyes. You may see that bough, that leaf and that very small bird; you may see them but you won't know anything about their wild souls. Our wild December is unbelievable, and it can make amazing fairies from our vanished tales.

The street is so raging, do you know why? I think you won’t know the story. This street has been made by the rough fingers of our December where the nights are weepy, and the moons are colorless. You can’t see anything in December just violent and shameless faces. Yes, our December has a veil but its stormy soul destroying our dreams. Our stormy December is strange and reckless, but we love it because we are strange like it.

Anwer Ghani

Anwer Ghani

Anwer Ghani is an Iraqi poet, author, artist, editor, essayist and publisher. He was born in 1973 in Hilla. His name has appeared in many literary magazines and anthologies and he has won many prizes and awards. Anwer is the author of "Narratopoet" (Tajdeed PH 2017), "Antipoetic Poems" (2017), "TRUMP" (Inner Child Press 2017),"The Narratolyric Writing" (2017) and 40 books in literature and religious sciences in Arabic. He is the chief editor of Arcs prose poetry and Inventives magazines. Anwer is the founder of Tajdeed Literary Institute and Tajdeed Publishing House.
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