Frank Karioris

Hamid

Lands that once were left,

of people who I left,

though not left behind,

now emerge out of their

temporary abodes.

Hamid kept me lingering,

on his covered horse.

The horse is a stand-in

for a country,

and he a stand-in

for a lover.

There must be a dictum about

a place’s space in us,

and how when we are there

it is undervalued;

and only afterwards

are we able to see it.

Frank G. Karioris (he/they/him/them) is a writer and educator based in Pittsburgh whose writing addresses issues of friendship, masculinity, sexuality, and gender. Their work has appeared or is forthcoming in the Hong Kong Review of Books, Burning House Press, Back Patio Press, Collective Unrest, Chantarelle’s Notebook, Maudlin House, and the Berlin Review of Books.