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Volume 2 | Issue 4 | May 2008 | 

Vanity Fair
Laala Kashef Alghata


You tuck your hair
behind your ear,
offer your mind

on a plate.
You ask clever questions,
argue for Nietzsche
and disregard Rothko.
You flick the ash
off your cigarette.

I stretch my legs
and kick off my shoes,
offer my heart up

to be torn.
I ask about empathy,
and why Jefferson
included the pursuit
of happiness with liberty.

We sip our glasses,
pour the drinks,
laugh without restraint.
We're dubbed Becky
and Amelia,
and we take offense,

untuck our hair
slip on our shoes
and dance,
down past the chill
on the sidewalks.

Laala Kashef Alghata is a home-based, twice-published Bahraini poet and novelist. Her latest book, "Behind the Mask: A Folded Heart" is a poetry and prose collection, currently available on Amazon.co.uk. Laala is the founder and editor of online poetry and prose magazine, Write Me a Metaphor. Her poetry is featured widely online; she is a poet-in-residence at Soul to Soul, Argonaut's Boat and The Peregrine Muse. Her work is also published in Argotist Online, All Things Girl, La Fenetre, and Pens Of Fire, among others.









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