our annual guest by Sameeya Maqbool

Apr 13, 2021

So, whoever sights [the new moon of] the month, let him fast.
Holy Qur’an

he sails from an island
eleven months after
watching his reflection
in the face of the sky

we dust the foul language
from our tongues
wash away the music
sleeping in our eardrums

as he knocks on the door
hands over a gift
of Taraweeh prayers
a glint of Laylatul Qadr

we refresh our taste buds
with Ajwa dates
and our eyes adjust
to the shades of the night

as he slips out of our house
on the joyous sighting
of the new moon

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