Two Poems by Yahia Lababidi



month of quiet strength
and loud weaknesses

when our stubborn habits
and discarded resolutions

are re-examined under the regard
and rigorous slowness of fasting

testing our appetite
for transfiguration

month of waiting and wading
through the shallows to the Deep.

Pen Pal

He went to bed, cradling a pen
his back turned to the woman

When he awoke, she was gone
and, in her place, a giant pen.

Cover image by bartb_pt

About the Author:

Yahia Lababidi, Egyptian-American, is the author of 5 critically-acclaimed books of poetry and prose. His forthcoming collection is Balancing Acts: New & Selected Poems.