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From “Four Scenes from a City”, by Ali al-Makk

Poem extract above from The Book of Khartoum, pXV

“Shapes become shadows as the desert smothers us in its sticky embrace” Sue Wallace-Shaddad

A City Waking Up

Streets deserted / early light hides the heat of day. / Pastel green houses dot the khaki landscape / scattered like fresh mint. / The roads still puddled with storm water from the previous night. / Queues of children wait for rickety amjad / to take them to school. /

In daily ritual / herdsmen gather for black tea / in chequered shade / their scrawny sheep / destined to be killed / for celebratory events. / By the roadside / sacks of onions and charcoal / lean unsteadily, overfull / flatbread pyramids of cucumber / tomatoes ready to be sold. /

Soon the sun overwhelms this fragile cool. / The city stirs / And minarets call to prayer

Sue Wallace-Shaddad

A City Waking Up – Listen to Sue Wallace-Shaddad reciting three Khartoum poems

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Poetry extract above, from Sand in My Eyes, Sudanese Moments by Enikö Nagy

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