Arts » Arts Stories & Interviews

National Poetry Month: Poem by Hayan Charara

by

comment

 

SIGNS

The sun and moon in the sky together

were a sign. A dog stopped barking

and this warned of heartache:

the hem of a blue dress, the bright

bare feet, the family discovered in a ditch.

A man wonders if the moon

can still be written about.

A long time ago the moon was a mirror.

Men used it to decide marriages, to buy

cattle, to free captives, to dig graves.

(originally published in Hanging Loose magazine)

                            — Hayan Charara

 

Hayan Charara is the author of two poetry books The Alchemist's Diary and The Sadness of Others, an award winning children's book, The Three Lucys, and editor of Inclined to Speak, an anthology of contemporary Arab American poetry.

On Friday Hayan Charara and Fady Joudah will read their poems at The Twig Book Shop as part of Our Lady of the Lake University's Literary Festival 2013: All the World's A Stage, co-sponsored by The Twig and Gemini Ink.

Free; 6:30pm, Friday April 5, The Twig, 200 E Grayson Ste. 124, (210) 826-6411, thetwig.indiebound.com

Support Local Journalism.
Join the San Antonio Current Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the San Antonio Press Club for as little as $5 a month.