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- William Shakespeare


Ali Znaidi (b.1977) is a Tunisian poet, writer, and translator living in Redeyef, a mining town in southwest Tunisia. Follow him on Twitter @AliZnaidi.

Ali Znaidi

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Obsidian Charm

after Paul Fisher's poem "Geode"

Inside the night,
a beautiful moon.

Inside the beautiful moon,
an inkwell.

Inside the inkwell,
the beauty of velvet black.

Inside the velvet black,
her obsidian hair

black enough
to shimmer, then shimmer.