Poetry by Ali Znaidi 

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Ali Znaidi 



deeply                                            breathe






to caress

the paper





the veins


perspire                                            inspire

& w/ the



Desire = = = P O E/M


[castration] [silencing] [weakening] [sterilization]

[deprivation] [maiming] [taming] [demonization]

[torturing] [persecution] [prosecution] [tormenting]

[manacling] [fettering] [hampering] [ shackling]

[ institution] [establishment] [ domination] [intimidation]

[browbeating] [beating] [eating] [milking]

[bludgeoning] [coercing] [dragooning] [terrorizing]


But remember there is a smouldering ember

(in your heart)

that is capable of thawing all kinds of cuffs—


brackets, b/r/o/k/e/n


a poetic lexicon


paper is like a playground waiting for innocent kids to caper

ink is the most sacred sweat, don’t you think?

rhyme is a dancing body’s heat combating icy rime

image is what you find in your mind’s attic after a good rummage

verse is that pearl you choose among precious stones, so diverse

simile is as sweet and beautiful as a certain winsome Emily

refrain is that lotion that lubricates the poem w/ the scents of rain

sound is that sweet tune of jubilant raindrops falling on a thirsty ground

musing is that moment of revelation that is deep & amusing

word is that far-fetched siren you bring from the realm of the absurd

strophe is when the caged bird repeats its tweets waiting for freedom trophy

poetry is a mesmerising Eve lying on the grass under an Eden’s fig tree

The Verse


The verse can be angelic

The verse can be perverse

The verse can be satanic

The verse can be diverse

The verse can shut up

The verse can converse

The verse can hide

The verse can traverse

The verse can reorder

The verse can reverse

The verse can be spontaneous

The verse can be transverse

The verse can be pleasant

The verse can be adverse

The verse can embody sameness

The verse can embody the obverse

Nothing can I say but,

‘long live the verse!’

‘long live the verse!’

‘the verse!’

A Poetic Statement:


Poetry: A Simplified Definition


Watered by blood and sweat,

Poetry is like a grain of wheat.

It only sprouts by spreading its spikes

in papers plowed by  a free bird’s tweet.

Originally appeared in aliznaidi.blogspot.com on 27/06/2012

Bio:  Ali Znaidi (b.1977) lives in Redeyef, Tunisia where he teaches English. His work has appeared in The Rusty Nail, The Tower Journal, Mad Swirl, Stride Magazine, Red Fez, & other ezines. His debut poetry chapbook Experimental Ruminations was published in September 2012 by Fowlpox Press (Canada). From time to time he blogs at – aliznaidi.blogspot.com

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