Poem: Future History

Cairo and the Sultan Hassan Mosque in foreground

Come now
Arab queen
African dream
Baghdad mystery
future history.

Set your feet on the footsteps –
they’re your own, you just haven’t
made them yet –
that lead to my
sky blue soul
delivered every morning
and a thousand years old.

All I have
is a shrug and a song
a sense of real and wrong
so come on
risk a ride
on the sea train.

* * *

Wael Abdelgawad
Fresno, California

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