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Kolo
Nathalie Handal
PalestineGALLERYCONVERSATION
the rapes the refugee camps the slit throats
of Srebenica, tries to remember the blink of her own past passing,
days dancing the kolo, each torture unsung in that violet swaying.

Unsung, the slow movement of a foreign language
on the lips of an émigré, the sailing of cruel memory in water drops,
drying on the cover of a book with Cyrillic letters.
Unsung, the swallowing of sentences by soldiers after they have killed…
She imagines those who have left, the search for lost relics,
silverware in ordinary antique stores in Paris London Chicago
looking for anything an exile leaves
except the song unsung beneath the tongue of the sea wind…a kolo.

A woman breastfeeds and cooks and hums,
crosses fall sideways without a sound,
the past slips beneath her raised arms,
the kolo whirling on.

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