A tongue (un)tied

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.

Insecure words intent on hostility
A stubborn mouth that won’t pick a side
And always a clock ticking down loudly
Wound up by a villain
To watch attentive eyes turn to impatience or pity
So that only a clambering for solitude
Can sate and relieve, and reset the rut

Tampering with strictures, old and divisive
You set rivals to their peace-making
With no demands of partiality
You subvert the mischief
So into the fold come the parties at your lilting call
Forsaking armies inherited in stupor
They prop up their lids and retrain their tongues.

© Jasmine Soukieh, 2018