Jasmine Soukieh is a Canberra-born and raised Lebanese-Australian, currently spending her days between New Zealand, Lebanon and Australia while she pursues a doctorate in nutritional sciences. She is one of the Founding Co-editors of be:longing.
Permute. Permute. Produce a hand with fingers born of what has been –
Retain in essence hints like glances toward what eludes ever and won’t be seen,
In its extension let it remind
Produced of sources undefined
To madden its wearer be she removed,
Condemned –pardoned– to grope in service of eyes inherited half-blind.
Shift. Shift –with subtlety, the props that litter common scenes;
Reconstruct from templates tested exteriors disarming –distracting– lest they should lean
Let them evoke, when Comfort departs,
That soothes in abstraction a cluttered heart
To fool its patron in her disquietude
That she can substitute properties for lost, supporting parts.
Then hum. Hum. In repentance, tunes to calm the unconsoled –
Send back to sleep –with soma– Fear awakened; that he might forget the unresolved
Confine to fetters Recollection
Who has no inkling
How bitter turn his sweet confections
And then implore his host partake
Of painted scraps and hollowed marrow, to placate her with fleeting affection.
© Jasmine Soukieh, 2017