“Speed” by Faleeha Hassan

When the first war was ended
Men proceeded to search and during
the exhumation from under moldy stacks
They found him
They said: We will return the spirit to his skeleton
But the whistle screamed
To announce the next war!
The pages of History are shaking
And because speed is required
They sew his face on the reverse
From that moment
My Dad walked toward the back.


Faleeha Hassan is a poet, teacher, editor, writer born in Najaf, Iraq, in 1967, who now lives in the United States. She is the first woman who wrote poetry for children in Iraq. She is leading the poetic feminist movement in the holy city of Najaf. She got a master’s degree in Arabic literature, and published sixteen collections of poetry in Arabic including, Being a Girl.



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