November Bees
Issue Three Winter 2017 Anwer Ghani 3 Poems

Gypsy Autumn

 I like the quiet lakes and their reviving breeze. The water in the lakes is always sleepy, and you can't imagine his red check in the winter nights. I like winter and I remember when my mother had made for him a nice hat. My mother is so expert in the seasonal souls and she told me that the autumn is a girl. I didn't see Autumn, but I am sure that my mother saw her because she describes her face precisely as hers. She told me that you may see long lines on her brassy hands with magic shapes. She told me that Autumn is a gypsy girl flying between the branches of the trees as a small bird and left there her veil weaving airily. Sometimes I feel that Autumn is a fairy and you may see her stormy tale in the lake.

A Gypsy Tent

I am not a hippie, but I seriously had thought to live in the forest without cooker or air-conditioner, just wood for the fire, and if you don’t agree, I will leave the fire for you. I will drink the river water with the birds and eat the greens with the deer. I will sleep under a tent without walls or doors. I will leave all your walls and all my closed doors for you. I will take a gypsy tent because I wish to dream widely and chant at night loudly.

A Gypsy Wagon

My grandfather had a beautiful horse with a heart filled with compassion and kindness. I didn't see her, but they said that she was legendarily clever and brave. My family might have possessed a wagon. I don't know and I did not ask about this, but I think if we had one it will be closed as the desert’s soul. I am an Arab man and you know there is nothing here but desert, so I decide to bring a gypsy wagon to my home to learn my children the freedom.


Anwer Ghani is an Iraqi poet and writer. He was born in 1973 in Alhilla city. His name has appeared in Peacock, Otoliths, "Algebra of Owls", "The "Year of the Poet" and Arcs. Anwer Ghani is the founder of "Expressive Narrative’s Group" and the chief editor of "Arcs" an expressive narrative’s magazine.  He had, in Arabic, forty books in poetry, literature, and religious sciences. Visit his website.