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A Ceremony Centuries In The Making 
by  Jade Youssef Doumani

They have flooded the streets in a search of a reckoning, lost.


They have flooded the streets to set Beirut aflame.


But that day will never come.


for he watches over—
a nation divided
a crippled state
a starving people—
yearning for morsels
that will never drip onto their plates




some ceremony—
centuries in the making—
is taking place. 

I have neither the will nor desire to see it through.


J.D. Harlock is a Lebanese Palestinian writer based in Beirut. You can find him on Twitter and Instagram @JD_Harlock.

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