Tamara Al-Qaisi-Coleman


She would drown in the flood of her own making


She’s pulled apart by the current

                                Her body now food for the waves


Like the lies that melted her

                                                                Blended into her soul; truth just out of reach

Leave me with her


                                Leave my sorrow in the wake of crashing shores

For her life was so easily taken by falsehood


                The moon whispers

                                                                Warnings to young women

Who understand their place in the world as fleeting, as dependent on youth and beauty


                The words that echo in her mind “I hope she’ll be a fool, that’s the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool.”


                                                As her body plunges into the dark





Tamara Al-Qaisi-Coleman is a bi-racial Muslim writer, historian, poet, and artist. Her first book of poetry The Raven, The Bayou, & The Willow is forthcoming through FlowerSong Press Spring 2022. She is a Brooklyn Poets Fellow, a Rad(ical) Poetry Fellow, and a poet for the Houston Grand Opera & MFAH’s event “The Art of Intimacy.” Her work can be found in (Art) WORDPEACE and Mixed Magazine, (Fiction) Crack the Spine Literary Magazine, (Poetry) Boundless 2021: The Anthology of the Rio Grande River Valley International Poetry Festival, and others.