Siham Karami

My Lowered Eyes

My lowered eyes, my softened tone,
my borders walled for you alone
(no friend or kin would dare intrude),
our twosome built on solitude,
a touch of silk, a love of stone.

But never was I Adam's clone,
a missing rib, an ancient loan
whose full repayment must include
my lowered eyes.

My heart turns to its wild unknown--
no soul can be another's throne.
Of turf and pride you stripped me nude,
my ego scorned, but not subdued.
With none beside me, I disown
my lowered eyes.


Out of your woods and into mine
before the night is torn apart.
Ignore the owls' old flute of pain
when clouds erase our shining chart.

For words taste sweeter in the dark
accompanied by choral trees
whose contrabass of moss and bark
lulls the hives of sleeping bees,

until a whir of opening eyes,
tiny breaths and stretching feet,
antennae feathers, changing skies,
unrelenting, indiscreet

turn our forest inside out:
early chainsaws, raucous birds,
motorcycles, ringtone rout,
hurried hands and careless words.

From Threads of Dust

From threads of dust that wind adrift
on currents of magnetic shift,
a cloth takes shape on tenuous terms,
transforming static into worms
and worms to matrix, warp and weft.

When worlds and continents are cleft,
these filaments reclaim the rift.
We count ourselves among what forms
from threads of dust.

Now our legions strut their heft,
dominions gained by war and theft,
until inherited by germs
and gathered in slow-moving storms
where none can claim a self to sift
from threads of dust.


Siham Karami owns a technology recycling company in Northwest Florida and is a mother of five. Her work has been published in a number of venues, including String Poet, Innisfree Poetry Journal, Shot Glass Journal, The Lavender Review, 14 by 14, The Whirlwind Review, Sisters Magazine, The Road Not Taken, Snakeskin, and New Verse News.


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PAFA After Dark
Marilyn Nelson and Sonia Sanchez participating in the women poets roll call, March 21, 2013

>Mezzo Cammin hosted the third anniversary of The Mezzo Cammin Women Poets Timeline Project on Thursday, March 21 at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, as part of its PAFA After Dark series and in affiliation with its exhibition The Female Gaze. Featured readers included Rachel Hadas, Marilyn Nelson, and Sonia Sanchez.

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>The Mezzo Cammin Women Poets Timeline Project Turns "40."

>The Mezzo Cammin Women Poets Timeline Project Panel at Celebrating African American Literature (CAAL) 2013, Penn State University, October 25-26.

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