Entre nous

our shadows cast on the pavement
always in step
Hip Hop
ever ready to move

the gulf between does not widen
and for this i long for you
despite the distance we swallow
despite my hands that now beat hollow
despite the ever present
farewells and adieu's

I long for you companion
at every occasion
in my morning stupor
and evening slumber
in the afternoon sun
and mid-day thunder

You are my North
my South
my East and West
my reading week
and my Sunday rest

my laconic love
you have always been with me
and i know
that i have known you

Marry me

not because i want to institutionalize us
not because i want us to be stated
but because i want you
beside me on trams and trains
metro's, undergrounds, shuttles, and planes

because i want to continue our dance
and because english is limited to marriage
partner, union, and bond
and because you are my mother tongue
and because as you played your santour
i played with myself

this is my ahistorical proposal:
oh what a privilege to marry one's oracle

Samira Mohyeddin is an Iranian / Canadian and has a degree in Religion and Middle Eastern Studies from the Uni'ersity of Toronto, and is currently pursuing graduate studies in Women's Studies and Middle Eastern Studies there. See her weblog: SmiraMohyeddin.blogspot.com

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