A Weir

The fish is pure, and a real water lover, so it will promptly die without water. The fish, unlike me, knows nothing but the truth, and does anything to live with freedom. When the blindness puts weirs on the river’s chest, I heard a fish’s voice and I saw the blood. The weirs are a face of death, absence, and stealing, but when you look at my hands, you may know that I am a weir.

Anwer Ghani is an Iraqi poet and writer. He was born in 1973 in Al Hillah. His work has appeared in Adelaide, Peacock Journal, Otoliths, Algebra of Owls, and others. He has also featured in the Inner Child Press series, The Year of the Poet. Ghani is the founder of Expressive Narratives Group and the chief editor of Arcs, an expressive narratives magazine. He has written forty books of poetry, literature, and religious sciences in Arabic. His website: Anwer Ghani Writings

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