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Scattered on a multi-faceted quilted pond, women’s faces emerge,
each as though from the center of a lotus about to drown before
sunset. Eyes lined with kohl look alike. Their unanswered quest
blurs the lines on the receding oval faces. In midst of that fractal
fragmentation some hands stand out holding a blank sheet of paper,
or were they once photographs of loved ones, so old the image was
erased by indifference as life goes by with its dismembered seasons
mixed pell-mell with gouache on that canvas like in a kaleidoscope
constantly reshuffling its patterns, relying upon the onlooker to
revisit the artist’s gaze over the drowning faces.
Hedy Habra has authored two poetry collections, Under Brushstrokes, finalist for the USA Best Book Award and the International Poetry Book Award, and Tea in Heliopolis, winner of the USA Best Book Award and finalist for the International Poetry Book Award. Her story collection, Flying Carpets, won the Arab American National Book Award’s Honorable Mention and was finalist for the Eric Hoffer Award. A fourteen-time nominee for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net, her work appears in Cimarron Review, The Bitter Oleander, Blue Fifth Review, Cider Press Review, Drunken Boat, Gargoyle, Nimrod, Poet Lore, Cutthroat, World Literature Today and Verse Daily.