My Crime

Appeared in Fikra Magazine, 21 March 2024

My crime 

I am a thistle

in the throat of a cannon

a blood clot

in the veins of invaders

a scribble on the margins

of a decrepit promise

an afterthought on discarded maps. 

My crime is that I live

and keep on living, like 

a resounding love song

filled with hope

in the hollow halls 

of criminal factories

for weapons of mass murder.