Hear the sound of rain, on hotel window, so stark it bleeds
Like waking, like Hitchcock? Blinds so low, it’s too dark to read.
Here, the train breaking haunts, further out, the frame, broke hours ago.
What are Effrit to make twin towers glow, too dark to read?
Disfigured, losing specific dimensions, failing
In their finitude, what world is mirrored, too dark to read?
As fire works, roaming compulsive, the mind makes interior,
What was your house, her tomb, charred terribly, too dark to read.
There your girl becomes pursuit, embers, a route more circuitous
Her elliptical and fraying parabola. Too dark to read
Such hyperbole of desire. Fire returns void, in its avoidance.
Brute motor repetition writes parables too dark to read.
– Trish Salah. Ghazals in Fugue, II