I sit and brace at each dip of the bow
On a bench aboard a leaky felucca.
She never minds the furrow of my brow
Or the amount of opium in my hookah.
I dream across long years and great distance
The sun setting beyond a desert bloom
Above the whipped and eddied confluence
Where the Blue and White Niles meet in Khartoum.
My heart races as an Arab boy bails
The slow rising water below the deck
Under the wind-filled, cotton lateen sails
A custom boat comes beside to inspect.
Right along these same banks where long ago
Phoenicians, Greeks. Egyptians and the Turks
With military prowess did bellow.
But their proud, bloody shadow still lurks.
And I swear by all the good inside me
Right opposite me sat Chloe Sevigny
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