Monday, June 25, 2012

To my Arabic Book

Dear stupid Teach-Yourself-Arabic book,
I have completed Lesson Five
and you have yet to tell me
the word for arm, or leg, or salt,
but I can write perfectly
The delegates are at the Ministry.
I can even write
The busy, diligent, famous, honest, clean, clever, important
thin, fat, lazy
delegates are at the Ministry

and I know the gender agreements and all the duals and plurals
and the words for war zone, and council, and factory, and government
but not the word for sand, and wind, and star.
-Heather Spears