Vallum Poem of the Week: “Mosquée de Paris” by Shadab Zeest Hashsmi

Vallum: Contemporary Poetry

Shadab Zeest Hashmi

Mosquée de Paris

Ablution water,
opal
on a worshipper’s
slipper left by the doorstep:
She will travel far
and return before its sparkle has dropped.

Gold and ink on parchment
dyed blue
speaks of duty to the window and the wayfarer.

Light caught on pink marble
swirls into an open ear.

Eggs in outstretched hands
of an old woman in Kabul
For the widows of New York
The American author takes them trembling
Insha’Allah

If there were no kindness
conversation would be useless,
Rumi says. His guides:
A goldsmith, a desert wanderer, a scribe,

Stitched to silence,
you and I wander the same places,
wearing zipped shoes.

Shadab Zeest Hashmi is the author of poetry collectionsKohl and ChalkandBaker of Tarifa.Herlatest work,Ghazal Cosmopolitan, is a book ofessays and poems exploring the culture andcraft of the ghazal form andhas been praised by poet Marilyn Hacker as”a…

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