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Amirah Al Wassif: The Same Old Story

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Art by Ann Marie Rhiel and Cindy Rosmus © 2024

The same old story

 

by Amirah Al Wassif

 

 

Every time I start to laugh

Somebody invents a new way of laughter

I run to the closest mirror

Burying my swollen face

Counting my disappointments on my fingers

No music in the background

Only the cracking of my bones

Do you hear it?

I see you on the walls

Your purple face waving

Like a curse

I put a hand on my right chest

Singing as if the world dissolved

Between my knees

In this story

Adam didn’t eat the forbidden fruit

Just Eve who did

He was busy

Creating a sudden plot twist

God upstairs

Watching in silence

In the mirror

I see your favorite song

Turned into a worm

Crawling toward my belly

Your face

Without features

I ask you

Are you hungry?

You ask me

How did you survive?

And the rest is history.

 

Amiral Al Wassif is an award-winning published poet. Her poetry collection For Those Who Don’t Know Chocolate was published in February 2019 by Poetic Justice Books & arts. Her illustrated children book, The Cocoa Boy and Other Stories was published in February 2020. Her poetry collection, to bury a curious girl was published by Bedazzled Ink Publishing Company.

Her poem "Hallucinations" was nominated for the Science Fiction Poetry Rhysling Award.

Her poems have appeared in several prints and online publications, including South Florida Poetry, Birmingham Arts Journal, Hawaii Review, The Meniscus, Chiron Review, The Hunger, Writers Resist, and Right Now.

Ann Marie Rhiel was the Assistant Art Director for Yellow Mama Webzine. She was born and raised in Bronx, New York, and lived in New Jersey. She reconnected with her passion for art in 2016 and had her work exhibited in art galleries around northern New Jersey ever since. She was a commissioned painting artist, who also enjoyed photography. Her work also appeared in Black Petals and Megazine Official.

Sadly, Ann Marie passed away in January, 2023...

Cindy Rosmus originally hails from the Ironbound section of Newark, NJ, once voted the “unfriendliest city on the planet.” She talks like Anybodys from West Side Story and everybody from Saturday Night Fever. Her noir/horror/bizarro stories have been published in the coolest places, such as Shotgun HoneyMegazineDark DossierThe Rye Whiskey Review, Under the Bleachers, and Rock and a Hard Place. She is the editor/art director of Yellow Mama and the art director of Black Petals. She’s published seven collections of short stories. Cindy is a Gemini, a Christian, and an animal rights advocate. She has recently branched out into photo illustration.

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