Temaki Nights

Omar Imady
Sep 10, 2023

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Photo by Matheus Bertelli

You woke me up.

You said

you were invited to a voodoo dance,

where you would be fed temaki

and served saki

in seaweed cones.

You woke me up.

You said

your body was glowing like a flame.

You said

you wanted to feel my veins inside you,

but you first had to know

if by tomorrow, it all still felt the same.

You woke me up.

You said

you were being chased

by blue shadows in your dreams.

You said

your mother would understand

why you didn’t scream.

And then you asked me to promise,

“Even if I were to say no,

You would always say yes?”

“Yes.”

I answered,

as I walked out of the scene.

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Omar Imady

Poet / Novelist / Historian / Syrian / American / Exile / Javaphile / Gastronome / Aerophobe