“Knocks on the door”

By Maram Al-Massri Maram Al-Massri

Translated By Khaled Mattawa

Knocks on the door.
Who?
I sweep the dust of my loneliness
under the rug.
I arrange a smile
and open.

NOTES: This poem originally appeared in "Poetry Not Written for Children that Children Might Nevertheless Enjoy," by Lemony Snicket.

"Knocks on the door" is reprinted by permission of Bloodaxe Books and Copper Canyon Press.

Source: Poetry (September 2013).

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This poem originally appeared in the September 2013 issue of Poetry magazine

September 2013

Biography

Maram Al-Massri’s  most recent book is A Red Cherry on a White-tiled Floor (Bloodaxe Books, 2004; Copper Canyon Press, 2007). “Knocks on the door” is reprinted by permission of  Bloodaxe Books and Copper Canyon Press.


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SUBJECT Living, Sorrow & Grieving, The Mind

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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