Kazim Ali

After I Said It

And after I said it

After I fell from the window


After I turned down the bed of history

Turned down the ocean road


Far enough down the ocean road

To dune-grasses, seagulls



In these other days

In another life


I did not say it

And in a different life


In my third life

I did not even think it




At the window

In my favorite blue shirt


Light sparkling up from the water

In my fourth life, angels


In my fifth life, windows



After I Said It appears in The Far Mosque (Alice James Books, 2005).