For Hamza al-Khateeb / Andrew Mandelbaum


From my father's roof I am rising, circling
the loss I cannot gather in these permeable wings

The bridge from pigeon to dove
The broken body of a child
From obedience to unruly honor
The broken body of a child
Iron soaked dendrites of memory and desire
the scent-map of shattered promise

From this day I will carry my own words
Home or elsewhere
Words feathered into fury
Talons curled and burned but
Unbanded

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