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
Placed by a villain
To watch attentive eyes turn to impatience or pity
So that only a crawl to a solitary hut
Can sate and relieve, and reset the rut

But tampering with old strictures that separate
You prompt discordant rivals to set about peace-making
And with no demands of partiality
You subvert the mischief
So into the fold –
At your sweet, lilting call – come home all the parties
To flourish, forsaking inherited armies.

© Jasmine Soukieh, 2018