Raphael d’Abdon – the grandmother

where the wind begins

a grandmother shrugs empires
off her back

their fall
like hail on frosted fields

the noise that chased us stops
bliss the sound of now

we have arrived to this land with no strangers
brought by the prayers of a faceless moon
led by the curves drawn by female fingers
on the of keys of dusty pianos

the truth of peace
is the edge
that holds mountains

behind translucent journeys
beyond the daylight dark

pretoria, 30 may 2020

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Raphael d'Abdon
Dr Raphael d’Abdon was born in Udine (Italy) and lives in Pretoria (South Africa). He is a writer, scholar, spoken word poet, editor and translator, and the author of three collections of poems, “sunnyside nightwalk” (2013), “salt water” (2016) and “the bitter herb” (2018). He has read his poetry in South Africa, Nigeria, Somaliland, India, Italy, Sweden and the USA, and his poems are published in journals, magazines and anthologies in South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, Malawi, Singapore, Palestine, India, Italy, Canada, USA, Australia and the UK. He is South Africa’s representative of AHN (Africa Haiku Network), and the poetry editor of the literary magazine “BKO”. A bilingual (English/Italian) volume of his selected poems (2010-2020) will be published by Besa in 2021.