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Recorded for Poem-a-Day, January 17, 2017.
About this Poem 

“I thought of Tuesday’s origin, its relation to Mars (the god of war), and its significance as election day in the empire of our time. The cyclical pattern, which even a nod to Ginsberg can’t overcome.”
—Fady Joudah

Tuesday

Days been dark
don’t say “in these dark days”
done changed my cones and rods

Sometimes I’m the country
other times the countryside

I put my clothes back on
to take them off again

Copyright © 2017 by Fady Joudah. Originally published in Poem-a-Day on January 17, 2017, by the Academy of American Poets.

Copyright © 2017 by Fady Joudah. Originally published in Poem-a-Day on January 17, 2017, by the Academy of American Poets.

Fady Joudah

Fady Joudah

Fady Joudah, born in Texas in 1971, is the author of Textu (Copper Canyon Press).

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When I tell it, the first time
I saw hail, I say
it was in a desert and knocked
 
a man unconscious
then drove a woman into my arms
because she thought the end was near
 
but I assured her
this wasn’t the case.
 
When he tells it,
he smiles, says the first winter
after their exodus
was the coldest.
 
Rare snow
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Thank you for dreaming of me
for letting me know
for waking up to remember that you dreamed
I never wake up when I dream of you

What woke you up
was it someone
else’s body?

A small thrill a little secret is ours
a desire for safe

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When the shooting began
Everyone ran to the trucks
Grabbed whatever their backs needed
And made for the trucks
Except K

And they begged him to get on
The ones who ran to the trucks
But he refused them all

Later they found him
On the road running
And howling and