Illustration: hazy atmosphere veiling the sun


in the year of
too many bushfires

they asked me,

why train
to be a compass?

and I responded,

to help
lead us home

they asked me,

why not be
a bucket of water?

and I responded,

when the last flame
sputters out

we will still be lost

Tufik Shayeb’s poetry has appeared in numerous publications, including Potomac Review, Sheepshead Review, The Menteur, Lost Lake Folk Opera, Madcap Review, Heyday Magazine, Blinders Journal, Muzzle Magazine, Restless Anthology, The November 3rd Club, and others. To date, Shayeb has published three chapbooks and one full-length collection titled, I’ll Love You to Smithereens. Currently, Shayeb resides in Phoenix, Arizona.

Smoke illustration by C.B. Auder.

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