Forbidden Knowledge

Nour Nawar

Drawing by @fredericforest

I am an illiterate who dares not learn the alphabet of you

An ignorant, condemned among a few 

Never to trespass his boundaries…

You sway your tongue in ways I wasn’t taught

And your lips move, to escape uncaught

And then, there are words I never comprehend

Collapsing all over me, into a war that shall never end…

And then, you do this thing

I am amazed, I think…

And as you retrace those curving lines

Over and over, before the eyes of mine

With fingers so soft, bending in grace 

With hands so free, swinging with pace

I ignore what to follow…

A map I could not read, 

Or a voice with different creed?

As you see, I’m short on knowledge when it comes to you

Excuse my ignorance, but you wouldn’t let me through

As if there were something hidden, mysteriously forbidden!

Something discrete, cautiously handwritten

All over your mind…

But I am an illiterate who dares not learn the alphabet of you

An ignorant, condemned among a few 

Never to trespass his boundaries…

And then, you do this thing

I am amazed, I think…

– Nour Nawar.

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