Nag-Sha-Bendy Halfa!

Tell me

Tell me

Tell me

Tell me


Eyes crinkle in the corner

Twinkle with the memory

As I continue to tug on your 3aragy



Tell me

Tell me

Tell me


Gently smiling

I sit at your feet

Your bald head shining

Sun rays bouncing

early sweat rolling

as you let your words

your reminiscences

skip and flutter around me

and you become





in the recounting

of those days



Tell me

Tell me


She was right next to me ajooly, from the moment I lay to the moment I rise, she sung such sweet songs to me, engulfed us not only in her joys, but a serenity… at her banks we played, we immersed our brides to keep the evil eye away, we grieved for our dead, and rejoiced our newborns, she possessed, lived, resided within ajooly…   


Then the sadness came

a look

a fall to his shoulders

pursing to his lips


an awkwardness

as I lay my hand



Tell me


They say whenever a guest comes to your home, in their honor you slay whatever you have, be it a goat, a lamb, a chicken, even a pigeon and the day the Egyptian came, all of Sudan had nothing to offer but the people of Halfa they happily slaughtered…  


Anguish seizing

Wrinkles deepening

Hands quivering

age that was so graceful on his brow a moment ago

lifted a veil that I refuse to acknowledge



Will you go back?


The memory that I have in my head, I cannot replace for the reality that I will see beneath that water, the date palms, the banks, the boats, our homes, early fire smoke snaking so high above the sky, those colorful birds that arrived as the seasons changed, grazing herds as us boys dreamed away, procession of the groom would make it’s way, clapping, dancing, we’d celebrate singing in elation, and to look out at a placid lake that snuffed out all that I knew, ajooly how can I exchange my moments of bliss for a watered down grief?

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