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Not the Thousand and One Nights, and: Crossing Back

From: Prairie Schooner
Volume 87, Number 4, Winter 2013
pp. 38-39 | 10.1353/psg.2013.0179

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Not the Thousand and One Nights

Not the thousand and one nights
but the thousand and one fears,

each one as full
    as a night.

Fear stuck to the travelers,
and the travelers stuck to each other.

A single entity, a country in embryo
hurtling down the road,

its destination—
morning

Crossing Back

The line between birth and non-being.

The line between what happened
and the imagining.

A line so delicate a sparrow might have
picked it up in its beak.

A line of writing.

A line so definite—
and so blurred.

Time to return the unending story
to itself.

Time to return everyone
to themselves.

Time to cross swiftly back

over the line.

Moniza Alvi  

Moniza Alvi was born in Pakistan and grew up in England. Her new poetry collection is At the Time of Partition (Bloodaxe).

Copyright © 2013 University of Nebraska Press
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