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Monday's Poem

Sonia Saikaley lives in Ottawa. She has taught English in Japan. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in the anthology Lavandería - A Mixed Load of Women, Wash, and Word, Writers4Peace, Urban Graffiti, Zygote, the anthology Burning Ambitions, FreeFall, Bywords Quarterly Journal, Jones Av.,, The Writer's Block and Inscribed. She is a graduate of the Humber School for Writers.

© 2009 Sonia Saikaley

What Immigrant Officials Failed to Explain

In a side garden, squirrels
feast on her tomatoes.
She curses at them in Arabic;
the neighbours stare through closed blinds.

They say she is a gypsy, her skin
is olive, her hair is black
and curling; her hands move
when she speaks.

In the summer garden
leaves from the tomato stalk shrink
and the plants deteriorate, disappearing.
In September she walks into
a beauty salon. Dye my hair

and straighten the curls
she tells the hairdresser.

She learns to ask what she wants
without an accent.