Poet's Corner: 'TO FATOUMI'

Ty Williams

Cleaner than first-world hospitals,

She can make something out of nothing

and often does

She knows from birth that

love is cruel

And still, she craves it

She knows that the world is dirty

and still, she cleans it

But she has the fervid passion of

an adulterous kiss

And she knows that life is

about living

Even when Death is a casual neighbor

Who steals from the mango tree

When all he has to do

is ask