Catapult | Poetry

the faggotry

the ones you call those frickin’ Ayrabs, the ones / who hold hands with / kiss cheeks with those they call / habibi & isn’t every habibi is a mis/-translation of? habibi

Catapult magazine · Listen to George Abraham read this poem

with another man
’s spit caressing
a wind that came from
inside you, the way
a cavern holds
& eventually be

its echo, is not
the faggotry of fagging
in velvet or trans
-parent everything, which is not
dissimilar to the faggo
see right
through me, the accidental faggot
try of wanting
another man’s branch

& swell behind & in
side of you, while watching
The Descent Freaky
Fridayexchange in spite
ofdissimilar to, it is
not the stiff
fening faggotry of
being choked from

behind, acci
dental, by another left
breathless, or the faggot
-try of dreaming
of straight
-banged, blue
-haired white
boys, who scream out lung
fulls of tar, beneath
a floridian sun

-light, or the faggo
try of the first
love’s close
-t, or the second
love’s butt
-grab, or the third
who made too much
sense, or
the fourth who made

the least, or
the fifth who cut right
through you, nor is it
the hot
-blooded, lung
-puncturing, garlic
-breathed homo
-sexuality of falling
in heart
-eyes with every Ayrab

except for & especially
the ones you call
thosewho hold hands with
kiss cheeks with
those they call
habibi & isn’t every habibi is a mis
-translation of? habibi

between—habibi the smoke
-song, the soil’s quiet
thirsting—there is
an east of the east named
somewheresomewhered beyond our
selves, or abandon
-ment, apast, past

a past where our fathers
were not our
fathers, or blood
-letters, beyond
that some
where, I promise there
is language, caus
ality, frame
work of dis
tance & lack there

-of between
us, how we look into each
other & see & See
eternity & i know it
from your darling
hands, palms
arced into two
swans kissing & end
less, habib—

the ways i’d die
for all of you, dove
-eyed & glass
-less, is most
definitely the faggotry of every
love language writ
-ten in a blood
that, when set on
fire, does not burn