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This City

by Amira Salah Ahmed

This city’s beautiful
Decrepit — nascent
Hazily bright
Genuine
Cliché

This city’s angry
Defiant
Resistant — resilient
Changing
Nostalgic

This city’s mad
Possessive — detached
Isolated
Intertwined
In your mind,
Dreamily light
On your shoulders,
Sitting heavy

This city is heavy
Victorious — defeated
Incessant
Nonchalant
Bustlingly unproductive
Provocative — demure

This city’s a ghost rebirthing
The lively dead
Hopeful — depressed
Boiling over the edge
Passion

This city pushes away
Tugs back the heart
Tearing us
Apart
Crashing us together
Come closer
Home
This city’s calling
Peace

 

All artwork is courtesy of Reda Khalil.

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