"Ramadan", a poem by Yahia Lababidi
month of quiet strength
and loud weaknesses
when our stubborn habits
and discarded resolutions
are re-examined under the regard
and rigorous slowness of fasting
testing our appetite
month of waiting and wading
through the shallows to the Deep.
Yahia Lababidi is an Egyptian-American and the author of five books in four genres. His sixth book, Collected Poems (1993-2015) is forthcoming from Press 53, Silver Concho Poetry Series. For more information, please visit www.pw.org/content/yahia_lababidi.