Poetry reading, by Malak K Chehab, of ‘Trapped Humanity’, a poem from my poetry book, Perfectly Flawed. It’s about self-isolation due to pandemic and how traumatic it is on people.
“Man has it all in his hands, and it all slips through his fingers from sheer cowardice.” Fyodor Dostoevsky
To be a coward,
Fear being changed,
Fear loving it,
Fear being hopeful,
Fear the inspirational,
Fear of being an individual,
Fear of being assertive,
Fear of being humane,
Fear of being disruptive,
Fear of being positive.
When all is locked in a chest,
How can you break its best
From solid bonds that need a rest?
Take pride in ‘you’, the ‘person’,
Have faith in yourself and press on,
Knowing that what’s right will live on!
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Within the interview, Malak talks about her roots and experiences with postcolonial Civil Wars and her move West. She talks about the importance of her family’s support, and her daughter Fida’s help in editing her work and helping her title her poems.
Exert from my poetry book, Perfectly Flawed. Available on all eplatforms iTunes, Googlebooks, Amazon.com, Kindle kobo, Barnes and noble, friesenpress.com, paperback, and hardcover.
The world runs around and bucks you
Off your trajectory with minutiea that drive you
Up a wall, and down into darkness which blinds
Your senses that either gives adrenaline or freezes
You into a statue that’s blind, deaf, and dumb.
Your vision turns into bright starts that short-
Circuit your mind with blinding light whose sport
Is to suppress your logic, embracing emotions
That turn you deaf to all evidence against your passions.
Those then steal your ability to speak your mind.
As the world moves round and round, like a merry
Go round, so do you try to stave off the shocks that ferry
You into dismay as experiences are disillusioningly
Petrifying, with their obstacles and demands
On your taking a stand outside your comfort zones.
Stay the course.
Savor each experience.
Strengthen your faith with failure or success.
Sever negative relationships,
And let your self-confidence emerge
A snow white pigeon of peace and verve of life.
Nature’s wonder enhances, amplifies your own
The vibrations of joy and discord implant upon
Nature’s own resources, and reflect them
Back to man, raising their optimism and exuberance.
Exert from my poetry book, Perfectly Flawed.