Shisa Poet
V4:E4 April, 2002


Came as a refugee, can't dream
in Norwegian, speaks
it with care, tells patients

olive oil is excellent for female
health, doesn't have to be Extra
Virgin, and he laughs. Praises

my uterus: most beautiful
in Europe possibly; on request
repeats the two strange c-sounds

in his name. Would rather be a surgeon
as before, handle sharp tools, cut
and stitch, watch wounds heal

Jots down 'Ajvar' in clear print
on his prescription pad, red
bell-pepper paste from Macedonia

Best on bread with garlic, and I need
no medicine, he says, I am not old --
'You are the age of my wife'

Location: Norway
Publications: Stirring, etc.

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