absence. displacement.

Etel Adnan

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absence. displacement.

waiting. then comes rejection.

anger follows. shame makes

the beds

 

the shadows jostle between

the walls of the scarcely visited cities.

time nips at our heels   we are

afraid to arrive last

 

I love the rain when it

wraps me like a

river. grafts me to the clouds.

I share in the properties

of the sky. I grow

like a tree 

Etel Adnan, "absence. displacement." from Time. Copyright © 2019 by Etel Adnan, English translation Copyright © by Sarah Riggs. Reprinted by permission of the publisher.
 
Source: Time (Nightboat Books, 2019)