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waiting, Omar Zahzah


you remember when you heard that

ghosts don’t exist

you didn’t hear it alone

night grown stiff

familiar sounds hostile

but waiting to be

is work

new bones

won’t will themselves

just a few snaps

a little tighter now

when you come home

i’ll be the dark

of your dresser drawer

pooling around

the warmth of your hands

while spotty webs of lamplight

bend softly.


Omar Zahzah is a writer, poet and organizer. Several of Omar's poems were featured in the anthology, Beside the City of Angels: An Anthology of Long Beach Poetry. In 2016, Omar’s chapbook 13 Almost Love Poems was released. Omar holds a PhD in Comparative Literature from UCLA. Twitter: @dromarzahzah

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