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Waiting for the Twelfth

In Shia Islam, the Twelfth Imam is said to have disappeared in the ninth century. It’s believed his return at the end of the world will deliver order from the chaos.

no one ever brings up the wages

of virtue    the cost of avoiding


that which you were built

to do     some men actually love


their enemies      remind me to tell you

about them when you arrive and


when will that be again?      I’ve already

spiced the duck and hidden


the sherry      even grain has

genes that say drink this or bend


there so much like our

own     I am rubbing yogurt


through my hair getting ready

for your return     I read old


mail from my bababazorg

the Farsi like tea leaves


or exotic blades     years

ago he melted into the tautness


of earth like a pad of butter on

turtle meat      the birch


curled its tongue     I was full of

credible fears

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