‘Frozen Fire’ by Mayy Elhayawi

She can hear his voice
But lives in silence
She used to see his face
Before blindness
She can smell his smoke
But her fire is frozen
He intrudes into her loneliness
But her skin is dead
Her heart is motionless
She doesn’t know
Why she survived so long.


MAYY ELHAYAWI is an Assistant Professor of English Poetry and Cultural Studies at Ain Shams University, Egypt. She was a post-doctoral Fulbright Alumna at Stanford University, the Leader of the Fulbright Humanities Circle in Egypt, and a Guest Speaker at different universities including: Yale, UC Berkeley, UC Merced, Stanford, Florida Atlantic University, San Francisco State University, and the University of Texas, Kingsville. She has published a book titled Paradoxes of Diaspora in the Poetry of Derek Walcott and Seamus Heaney, and a number of articles and poems in international anthologies and journals including: Universal Oneness, Verbal Art, Journal of Irish and Scottish Studies, Other Modernities, among others. Her areas of research include diaspora literature, gender studies, digital humanities and media studies. She is currently the Chief Learning Officer at Experts on Demand, an IELTS Speaking and Writing Examiner at ILSC, Canada College and Conestoga College, Instructional Designer at Dawson College and Teacher Trainer at TEFL Academy, Canada.

Copyright © 2019 by Mayy Elhayawi. All rights reserved.

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