Abeir Soukieh is an Arab-Australian poet, writer and David Bowie enthusiast from Canberra. A former Acquisitions Editor for be:longing and a former Reader for Frontier Poetry, her work can be found here at be:longing, in the poetry journal Not Very Quiet and in Cordite Poetry Review.
“There’s nothing noble about becoming a savage in the despair of your own people… I am the most ignorant savage of them all… I cannot interpret the words of my Dreaming.”
Samuel Wagan Watson, The Grounding Sentence (iii)
been more revolutionary not to speak a language
other than English lately
they seem to like it too much when we–
are so charming
are so charming.
I don’t give my name to everyone
not always because they won’t…
they’re just a little too eager sometimes to…
I have never been fluent;
too easily distracted
and always me
coming up empty.
* Maqam is an Arabic word meaning place or position. It is also the name of the melodic system used in Arabic music.
© Abeir Soukieh, 2020