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Wael Almahdi 

Hajji Salman's Bread

I sip my karak

tea spiced with stories

in a darkened Hyundai.

I’ve noticed

the past month

Hajji Salman

no longer makes scuffing noises with his sandals

permanently leaning to the left

on his way back from the tannoor.


Is he sick?

In Karbala?

Or just hiding

from the heat

watching sat tv

sipping tea

and getting worked up at the news?

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Wael Almahdi is a translator and healthcare professional from Bahrain. In 2023, he won a High Commendation from the Stephen Spender Poetry Translation Prize. His Classical Arabic translations include work by Hanan Issa (National Poet of Wales), Lewis Carroll (‘Jabberwocky’), Carl Jung, and the 2024 Diriyah Biennale. His poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in ArabLit Quarterly, The Inquisitive Eater: New School Food, Bayt al-Fann Quarterly, Copihue, Asymptote, Snakeskin, The Knight Letter, The Raven’s Perch, Ekstasis, Blue Minaret, Ravi Magazine, and Beletra Almanako. 

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