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We Do Not Speak About The Cranes

When At-Tabari told about the high flying
birds, where did they hide their ears?
Black-necked cranes that have lived for
centuries; three encircle a red fez party,
and a bevy of embellished scarves until
they are naked and suffering…But thick
roots have settled in their backs as they
look on through one eye – the other is
buried alongside dead poets and scribes.


Zeenit Saban Jacobs is a South African poet residing in Cape Town. Born in a small town in the North West Province, she began writing at the tender age of thirteen. Zeenit draws inspiration from her dreams, observations, and personal experiences. Her style is influenced by Emily Dickenson, Vasko Popa, Dali Surrealism, Ghazali philosophy, and Rumi.