Poetry Break by Anwar Gheni #2

‘Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion; it is not the expression of personality, but an escape from personality. But, of course, only those who have personality and emotions know what it means to want to escape from these things.’


The Silent Tree

These birds love the silent tree and like to perch on that bough. You know; the love is unexplained thing but we know it very well. From that lovely bough, the leaves and feathers had fallen with a quarrelsome smile. This was a heavy thing for that tired tree which is filled with sad stories. She always descends to clean the ground from the frivolous feathers. Her slim fingers drown butterflies and her broken heart chants absent songs. I saw her kissing water like my voice which I had forgotten at my postponed beginning.

Missing trees

I am a wild man knows the animals’ sounds but not pure like them. The bears are neither rough nor brown and the owl is sliver and sees the truth. At that glory, I was smiling in the morning and for many times I was sitting at a lake I didn’t remember its name. Now I am rootless; my small hut had lost its threads and my mantle had colored with forgetfulness. This sharp city had slapped my cheeks mercilessly and immersed oblivion in my memory. I have been crying bitterly since that time where I had saw her. I am crying for my precious trees. I had forgotten my color and my voice. Now I am very sad and colorless and never remember the smiles of my missing trees

A Yellow Tree

I am a yellow tree with cold whispers. As a thirsty spike, I am waiting crippled dreams. My streets had been stolen and my brooks know nothing but pallor. In April, the children fly lovely kites while my birds disappear in the mud with motionless souls. Oh my days, here is a wound, please listen to it.

Anwer Ghani


Anwer Ghani is an Iraqi poet and writer. He was born in 1973 in Hilla. His name has appeared in  Otoliths, Adelaide, November Bees, Zarf, Peacock, Eunioa, Rabbit and many others He is the author of “Narratopoet”; (Inventives Cloud 2017), “Antipoetic Poems”; (Creat Spacee 2017), “TRUMP”; a poetry collection, (Inner Child Press 2017) and “The Narratolyric Writing”; essays (Smashwords 2017).. Anwer has 40 books in literature and religious sciences in Arabic.

Websites: https://anwerghaniwriting.blogspot.com/p/blog-page.html

Facebook:  DrAnwerGhani

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  1. Anwer, You spoke volumes!!! As a lover of nature and animals, my heart turned cartwheels in my chest. Thank you for your poetic appreciation of mother earth and all of her blessings.

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  3. Anwer – Once again, hauntingly beautiful imagery in your poetry. I come away from your words with more appreciation for the beauty we often overlook as well as a sense of the great loss you and many like yourself have/are suffering. For that, I am sorry. For your words born out of such pain, I am grateful.
    Thank you.

    • Thank you very much dear friend. I hope it will improve and I can hear you a cheerful poetry. Till now I am the poet of sadness because I am from the land of sadness.

  4. Anwer, tho I’m not able to walk in your shoes from your perspective in your country. I can walk the path you create with your words. I to love the splendor of trees. Very well crafted poem. Thank you.

  5. Dear S W Bidduph, the writing in Two drops of ink means many things more than publishing. I regard it award and I am deeply appreciate this opportunity in this highly selected writing site. Blessings.

  6. Anwer, I love, love, love these poems! I talk to trees. My husband thinks I am a bit crazy, but I feel a bond to them. I hear their stories and have often wondered what they would say if they could speak. Thinking of all they have been a witness to draws me to them even more. It is why I love living in the woods. Your trees speak of war, and their stories made me ponder and think. In their sorrowful tales there is a beautiful longing for peace. I hear it and it moves my soul. Thank you.

    • Dear Michellegunnin, thank you very much for your deep readings. All these emotions are due to your high soul and your delicate personality. Yes, it is me; the war’s son and these trees are my land sad tress. I hope my tree breathe happiness and our women see the smiles again.

  7. Good morning, Anwer. Once again, you’ve touched me. The images and feelings you convey in words are meaningful as always. I like all of these.

    • Dear Marilyn L. Davis; the great writer and literate. I am so happy for your words and I regard them as award. Thank you very much again. I am Happy to be part of Two Drops of Ink.

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