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  • Writer's pictureNora Curry

Poem of the Week: Mimesis

National Poetry Month continues on the blog today with a poem that reminds one how poetry can be simultaneously timeless and timely. In "Mimesis," Palestinian American poet and physician Fady Joudah uses his words simply and directly to convey the quiet of a continuous moment, his daughter's careful contemplation of the life of another creature infusing his work. The question she leaves us with in her father's poetry? It speaks to the experience of being a refugee across thousands of years of human history, it speaks nine years into the future from Joudah's writing, when million of Ukranian refugees seek help elsewhere, and it speaks to the interconnectedness of all things.


My daughter

wouldn’t hurt a spider

That had nested

Between her bicycle handles

For two weeks

She waited

Until it left of its own accord

If you tear down the web I said

It will simply know

This isn’t a place to call home

And you’d get to go biking

She said that’s how others

Become refugees isn’t it?

- Fady Joudah

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