A Day and Night


      Written by Emily Summer* 
A Day and Night
Smoke tendrils
slither like snakes up the walls.
Words from pages
rise above the soft
notes of songs,
steaming cups of coffee
and cigarettes.

Brightness drips into
the room,
and creeps in from the windowpanes.
We share words of grace.
Sunlight clings to us.
Joy will
follow us.

I soak in
buildings of clay,
frosted in white.
I trace
the crescent moon,
promising I’ll remember
this day and night.

Emily Summer taught English in AMIDEAST in Yemen. This poem is written in Sana’a, Yemen in Spring 2012. Visit her blog

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