Ramadan Night (1439)

the moon of Ramadan

is waning…

soon it will be

beyond sight;


like the skin

of a date stone.

it would be nice

to be in Senegal

where the sky is endless

and the earth


on a quiet night 

of Africa’s silent prayer

and to partake of

the neglected food

of daytime 

from a shared common


the hot grease of red oil

staining the eater’s fingers;

the satisfaction 


each grain 

of rice,

each drop

of water,

each sip 


hibiscus tea.
Linda Tauhid



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