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Poem: Fly Girl

The Milky Way

Fly Girl

I see Fly Girl
hanging on by a smile,
thin as a reed,
playing guitar until her fingers bleed.
She’s maybe twenty three.
No one knows her name.
She sleeps in the backseat of a car
in a Blackstone Avenue parking lot,
covering her head with a faux fur coat.
“I’m a bad seed,” she confesses.
“I’m a wreck and a rot.”

You are a child of God, I say,
and you will go far.

I see her at the Kaiser Park playground one night
wearing that fur coat,
swinging slowly on the swings.
“I’m living in the real world,” she says.
“I’ve never finished a thing I started.
I used to get high. Now I get by.”

Do you remember, I say,
when you wanted to move to New York
to study art at the New School?
I saw you fight once, did you know that?
A sparring session at Southside.
So intense, holding nothing back.

Don’t let them tell you who you are.
I see you in a skirt of stars,
hand dancing on the canvas,
slinging paint like rain,
faces turned to you
like leaves to the sun.

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Wael Abdelgawad
January 5, 2017
Fresno, CA

Poem: Build a Dream

Footprints in the desert Build a Dream I have trudged through sands.I have come with empty handsto build a dream. I’ve given my all to youand worn ragged shoes.I’ve grown lean. I’m walking this pathout of the dark pastcarrying child and faith. I’m late on the scenebut I am not done tryingto build a dream. Wael AbdelgawadJanuary 26, 2014Fresno, […] Continue reading →

Poem: Bring it In

"Bring it In" by Wael Abdelgawad Let’s bring it together.Everything moves in circles,everything whirls, but sometimesyou cut across the tideand find yourself in the lightof a strange sun. Bring it in.Smaller circles, far from the dinof the city, we meet:your breath and mine,warm and sweet,tighter, closer, moving in timeto the galaxy, earth, air,until we are the center, paired,and all turns in […] Continue reading →