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Poets sharing words from the Middle East to haunt the lyrical world.

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Dima Matta

An old timer with the Poeticians, I wish Dima Matta would come by more often and keep at her writing.

We have lost her to the theater! ha. But they have gained her. So we musnt complain too much. I share here one of my favorite things I heard her recite at our readings in 2008. Thanks for sharing Dima.


About the Elephant in the Room

I’ve decided to ignore the elephant in the room
Maybe it would go away
I’ve decided to ignore the elephant in the room
But it follows me around
I’ve decided to ignore the elephant in the room
Nobody else can see it
I’ve decided to ignore the elephant in the room
And it’s making an awful muted sound
It sips its coffee in the morning
It browses today’s headlines
Shakes its head in despair and clicks its tongue in disapproval
That is why I’ve decided to ignore the elephant in the room
It watches the news and weeps while wrapping its trunk around a rock
It stomps its foot in anger and lets out a frustrated sigh
I’ve really decided to ignore the elephant in the room
“200 dead in Gaza” it says
Folds the newspaper with a blank expression
And starts carving a casket out of my wooden bed
I’ve therefore decided to ignore the elephant in the room
It doesn’t eat or drink anymore
Its skin is getting pale
I hear it wailing silently at night
What a hushed deafening sound!
I’ve definitely decided to ignore the elephant in the room
It picks up today’s paper
“500 dead in Gaza” it says
It tosses the newspaper aside
And starts making a flag out of my bed sheets
I should really decide to ignore the elephant in my room
It is so thin now, it still won’t eat
It can’t follow me everywhere I go
I feel guilty for putting my guilty conscience at ease
It cradles itself at night
Crawls to the corner and rocks back and forth
Sings the lullaby of a lost nation
When will I decide to ignore the elephant in the room?
It is lying still now
It has shallow breathing
It moans in silence
“800 dead in Gaza” it whispers
And I can smell its decomposing flesh
It’s dead.
I’ve finally decided to ignore the elephant in my room…
Only to realize that it is gone.

4 Responses to “Dima Matta”

  1. July 25th, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    siddarth says:

    Fantastic. Sometimes Ignorance is the necessary thing to do.

    I’ve decided to ignore the elephant in the room
    I’ve decided not to feed its hunger anymore.
    For how much ever I try, it will try to come back
    Come back to feed from my past and the pain

  2. August 17th, 2010 at 4:27 am

    Hind says:

    Thank you S for reading and commenting, hon. I hope you will always have something to enjoy to come back to on this blog. mwah!

  3. August 19th, 2010 at 9:08 am

    ibrar ali says:

    nice way to explain how to get rid of bad memories.its in the human control when to do it.still some times it creeps in and irritate our present. as in “past is gone seez the day” umar khayam.

  4. September 19th, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    Dima Matta says:

    Thank you for commenting :)
    Ignorance, most often, is the easy thing to do, and yes, the past is gone, but if we forget about it, how will we fix the present? Acknowledging and remembering the past, especially in countries that have gone through wars, is necessary in order for it not to happen again.

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