INSURGENCY


DUJIE TAHAT



Let freedom ring


[loud enough that they don’t ask

what comes next. This]


sweet land


[so lush with all its color is nothing like]


my country [the] land

where my fathers died


[is not as fertile as it once was.


To be honest, a convert’s faith is

what makes]


the pilgrim’s pride


[restless, relentless—search

all the time for a]


land of


[milk and honey.]


From every mountainside


[an unexplained explosion.

A mother wails in the highest frequency]


of liberty


[that can be heard

ringing in my ears

one last time. Her last

remaining child pulls at her hem as if to say]


’tis of thee


[sticky hands waving recklessly]


of thee I sing.




Listen to "Toccata in D minor, op. 11" by Sergei Prokofiev, selected to accompany Dujie's work, below:

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DUJIE TAHAT is a Filipino-Jordanian immigrant living in Washington state. They are the author of Here I Am O My God, selected for a Poetry Society of America Chapbook Fellowship, and Salat, winner of the Tupelo Press Sunken Garden Chapbook Award. Along with Gabrielle Bates and Luther Hughes, they cohost The Poet Salon podcast.