As long as there are pilgrimages
from heart to tongue and back
there will always be hours for mercy.
If you can pick up thirty years later
kiss and meet the skin you left
feel that part of you returning
there will still be years for new laughter.
As long as you want
you will forever chase naked and barefoot children
who will not follow out of fear or rain.
K. Eltinaé is a Sudanese poet of Nubian descent, raised internationally as a third culture kid. His work has been translated into Arabic, Greek, Farsi, and Spanish and has appeared in World Literature Today, The Ordinary Chaos of Being Human: Many Muslim Worlds (Penguin), The African American Review, About Place Journal, Muftah, among others. He is the first place poetry winner of The Beverly Prize for International Literature (Eyewear Publishing, 2019) and Muftah´s Creative Writing Competition At Home in the World and co-winner of the 2019 Dignity Not Detention Prize (Poetry International). He currently resides in Granada, Spain. More of his work can be found at: https://www.facebook.com/eltinae/ https://www.instagram.com/k.eltinae.