UNHOLY SONNET — After Mark Jarman When Abraham felt his heart waver, Allah granted him a miracle: the dismembering of a flying bird. Its bones were wrenched apart, then gently set on separate mountaintops. Feathers and flesh flew together, complete. A beak began to dote and speak words of surrender. The word surrender opens gated dimensions where Time neither ticks nor passes, it heaves like our breasts, like beasts who only want to love God in every language where mysteries are captured with a swallowing love: three times the size of a universe, from Big Bang to human consciousness, and seven times smaller than a pearl.
Nada Faris is a writer and teaching-artist who received an Arab Woman Award in 2018 from Harper Bazaar Arabia for her impact on Kuwait’s creative sector. Her work has been published in Nimrod, Sukoon, Norton’s Anthology for Hint Fiction, The Indianapolis Review, and elsewhere. Website: www.nadafaris.com. Twitter: @nadafaris.