After Arriving Home and Reading Your Letter from Port Said

If I had written to you earlier
and heard how everything had changed
and how, instead of Djibouti in June, you set sail
       from Alex in July,
I would have joined you and been the third on your crew
and come with you on your French friend’s catamaran
to Jiddah! Eritrea! Aden! Seychelles! — even if,

as you write,
the visas will be difficult.

It will be weeks, you say,
before you can write again.

Just last week
I was in Cairo.
Moez Surani received a Chalmers fellowship in 2008. His first poetry collection, Reticent Bodies, was published in 2009.

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