Brandon Marlon is a writer from Ottawa, Canada. He received his B.A. (Hon.) in Drama and English from the University of Toronto and his M.A. in English from the University of Victoria. His poetry has been published variously in Canada, the U.S., England, Greece, Romania, Israel, and India. www.brandonmarlon.com.
Dust motes swirl into the shape
of hands, clutching him midair,
throttling the raspy-voiced prey
in Allah's magnanimous name.
Left for dead amid sculpted dunes,
he slowly rises and staggers in a daze,
headdress undone, sandals now lost,
stammering insanity's ravings.
His days strutting as Harith the heretic
are forever behind him. All that remains
now is the humbled's burning shame
and haunting memories of ungenial genies.