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November by Mariam Ahmed

Updated: Dec 25, 2023

I was transfixed, my tears falling freely

I touched the hospital gown lightly

and placed butterfly wings on

her fingers, she flew away gently

A smile shaped her lips later

Inside, I was torn asunder

Fall has arrived and I miss her

Blue and white roses this November.


Mariam Ahmed is a Californian poet and writer. She holds a BA in English Literature from the University of California, Davis, followed by an MFA in Poetry from San Diego State University.

Mariam’s book, “Moments of Astral Projection,” was published by The Offending Adam in 2021. Her poems and works have appeared and are forthcoming in “Poetry International,” “The Los Angeles Review,” “Panorama: The Journal of Travel, Place, and Nature,” “Maintenant” by Three Rooms Press, “Flint Hills Review,” “Folly Journal,” “Ignatian Literary Magazine,” and many others.

Mariam currently lives in San Diego, CA, where she visits the ocean often to write poems in the sand.

EDITOR'S SONG PAIRING: Andrea Russett — Butterfly Wings


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