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Ode on an Abandoned House

Wind and rain, here
are the keys
to the house—
a missing door,
two broken windows.

Birds, for you a room
with a view—the bedroom,
which once held
the moon and stars
out of sight.

Ants and worms,
such sad witnesses,
the grass uncut,
the yard overgrown
are again yours to inherit.

And you, the leaves whirling
across buckled floors,
please take
my father’s voice
whispering
May you live forever,
may you bury me.

Hayan Charara ©2020

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Weight 60 oz
Dimensions 24 × 30 × 1 in
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