Ali Znaidi

Sapphic Debris
As if Sappho was
slumbering under
a tree.

Hungry worms
sharpened their
teeth & ate the

Nothing was left
but remnants of  leaves
lyrically swaying
in the ether.

She woke up &
wrote another stanza
on her pure skin

before the rotten tree collapsed—
a lapse into turbulence + chaos.

Ali Znaidi (b.1977) lives in Redeyef, Tunisia where he teaches English. His work has appeared in The Rusty Nail, The Tower Journal, Mad Swirl, Stride Magazine, Red Fez, BlazeVox, Otoliths, streetcake, Ink Sweat and Tears, Ygdrasil, & elsewhere. His debut poetry chapbook Experimental Ruminations was published in September 2012 by Fowlpox Press (Canada). From time to time he blogs at –


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