The Black Kite Firecracker, a poem written by Jaylan Salah Salman at Spillwords.com

The Black Kite Firecracker

The Black Kite Firecracker

written by: Jaylan Salah Salman

@JaylanSalman

 

I asked my body what it craves
macaroni and Belgian chocolate
with a side of panna cotta
My second-coming saw a musty celebration
Worthy of cabaret dancers
and burlesque bowler hats
My dream world strangely seems unfitting
for a 30-year-old
coming last in a contest for cows ripe enough to milk
young bachelors
Uncertain of where I buried my little child
My last chance of adult motherhood
A grainy mother asks
where can I keep my fake teeth
Maybe in the closet
where demonic figures of scary past monsters wait
for ritualistic fears to rise
and spoil the grave I dug for my unpublished novels
A Black kite washes above the shores
looking for a place to bury a stillborn
And ways of causing mayhem
to pilgrims awaiting their turn
to kneel in front of their shrine

Jaylan Salman

Jaylan Salman

Jaylan Salah Salman is an Egyptian writer, translator, and poet, who won literary awards for her collection of short stories, "Thus Spoke La Loba" and her debut novel, "Bogart, Play Me a Classical Melody". She completed her BSc in pharmacy in 2011, and has published film criticism articles, short stories, poems, and translations in many websites and offline publications such as "Al Ahram", "Vagues Visages", "Synchronized Chaos", “The Gay Gaze”, "Cinema Femme Magazine", "Eye on Cinema" and "Guardian Liberty Voice". Her first short story collection, “Thus Spoke La Loba”, was published in 2016 by the Egyptian Supreme Council of Culture. She has also published a poetry collection in English, “Work Station Blues”, by PoetsIN, a British publishing house with the purpose of destigmatizing mental illness and supporting international artists. Her debut novel "Bogart Play me a Classic Melody" has made wide critical acclaim and was recently chosen as one of the 32 novels in the "Arab Voices" initiative at the virtual Frankfurt Bookfair in 2020, which introduced popular Arab novels to an international audience. Her second poetry book "Bury my Womb on the West Bank", was published with Third Eye Butterfly Press and available on Amazon in both, ebook and paperback formats.
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