A NEIGHBORHOOD PARTY
Five o'clock on a balmy afternoon in late summer. A party at the neighbor's. A Jordanian family with dozens of relatives, all present to celebrate a young man's completion of his medical training.
a pink and blue sky-the early evening vibrates
with a tublah drum *
Exotic odors wafting throughout the garden. Between eating, there is much talk in Arabic and English and joyous music.
a murmuring wind -the ululations of women
in the night
We are welcomed into this close family, encouraged to eat, drink, dance. At one end of the garden, rock and roll; at the other end, a belly dancer.
the moon's half light-bejeweled hands twist and turn
*tublah drum: a Arab drum similar to a bongo
Stylus Poetry Journal, Dec. 2005