Tunisian Poetry. The Boy Who Loved Maps and The Novice Sufi

Tunisian Poetry. The Boy Who Loved Maps and The Novice Sufi

Tunisian Poetry. Today, on Yareah magazine two different poems by a fantastic author from Tunisia: Ali Znaidi.

Tunisian Poetry. The Boy Who Loved Maps and The Novice Sufi by Ali Znaidi. Two marvelous poems for a marvelous Sunday. Enjoy them!

Sand dunes with scattered vegetation in UAE

Sand dunes with scattered vegetation in UAE (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Boy Who Loved Maps

Because they were

the symbols of

travelling and he

could inhale the aroma

of remote places.

He learnt too much

geography, and

befriended only

atlases. His head

whole disk drive

full of names of

countries, cities,

& even districts.

His feet wanted to

leave a trace in

every place on this

earth. & that was his

utmost glee. Now,

a grown-up, he

discovers borders

& gaps. & his maps

turn into paper scraps.

No baggage, no

airports & no trips.

Just anchored

in his little town

feeding on his

bygone love for

travel & maps.


The Novice Sufi

When the sun corroded & the sand grains crumbled

& when the twilight became a red lizard running

after the remnants of the sun—tiny pixels

& when the sand dunes became emollient

& when the desert plants got some ointments—

a misty drizzling rain

the desert became a prayer

& the nomad became buoyant;

(in fact became) a novice Sufi.

He came into acquaintance

with his lost self through whirling,

whirling, & whirling (like a tempest in frenzy)

& he tasted his first French kiss—

saccharine cold drops reaching towards

his dry lips from that honeyed cloud guarded

by the sleepless bees of the sky.


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Ali Znaidi lives in Redeyef, Tunisia. He graduated with a BA in Anglo-American Studies in 2002. He teaches English at Tunisian public secondary schools. He writes poetry and has an interest in literature, languages, and literary translations. His work has appeared in The Bamboo Forest, The Camel Saloon, phantom kangaroo, BoySlut,, Otoliths, Dead Snakes, Speech Therapy Poetry Zine, streetcake magazine, The Rusty Nail, Yes,Poetry, The South Townsville micro poetry journal, Shot Glass Journal, the fib review, Ink Sweat and Tears, Mad Swirl, The Mind[less] Muse, Pyrokinection, Red Fez, Full Of Crow, The Tower Journal, and other ezines. His debut poetry chapbook Experimental Ruminations was published in September 2012 by Fowlpox Press (Canada). He also writes flash fiction for the Six Sentence Social Network— He also keeps a blog about Tunisian literature—

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