Rituals In The Valley Of The Moon: A new poem

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Rituals In The Valley Of The Moon: A new poem

Welcome to 2017! As we ring in the new year, here's Madiha Bataineh - civil servant by day, 'enchanted poetess' by night - with a new poem. There is something in her words for all of us: and there's no better time to remember 'you are loved, you are kind / you are worthy'. - The Oxford Writers' House 


Rituals in the Valley of the Moon

Teach us to whisper into the ears of strangers
into bodies that mirror the breathing sands
breezed in the mellow of a night’s red-yellow
to listen to the giving of a word
its carrying and luxurious offering

velvet blanketeer of human adoration,     shapeshifter
of the dunes             beat that dissolves the mirage, loosens our scorpion screws—
the receiver is blind-folded and the scholar, asleep, leaning on
a coffee-colored camel-seat, a dream-like falling
towards the earth of a glossary of fevers where the sleepy heart awakens in a fire

    m     v     n
        o     i     g     between worlds (when one is clearly
broken beyond repair):
a pause     and listening to whispers saying: you are loved, you are kind,
you are worthy.



(Photograph by Theophilus Kwek) 

Madiha Bataineh

Madiha Bataineh

Madiha Bataineh is a media officer at Jordan's royal court by day, and enchanted poetess by night. She is reading for an MSt in Creative Writing at St. Anne's College and working on a poetry collection entitled LightWorkers of Amman. She is also buzzing in the hive of an experimental cross-genre project on women travelers from the 1920s. 

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