I leave little parts of me in
everyone I meet
They say I remember you
The political girl
Looks like you’ve gotten more liberal girl?
I can see your hair
Didn’t you once say that was
Am I saying that right?
I leave parts of my life in everyone
I’ve ever met
Even bad parts
They say remember when you told
Me that you were being
Forced to get married
Oh yeah your religion-
No, you said culture? Right?
Sometimes I leave sour tastes in people’s mouth
They say remember when you called me out
I said Arabic instead of Islam
Scarf thing instead of hijab
I leave revolutions in people’s minds
They say remember that time you invited us to that protest?
Summer of 2014
Long 7 train walks time square
You spoke of Gaza a lot
How is Gaza doing btw?
Sometimes I leave good parts
They say remember how you shared that chocolate
Packets of Nescafé
Remember the tabla salad
Oh right taboola?
Sometimes people take the parts of me I gave them and throw them out
Like my best friends of 2 years
Like being blocked on snapchat
Like 2 years later sitting next to each other in class and not saying a word
And sometimes I take parts back and give new parts
They say Zeina you’ve changed
You’re so sassy now
And sometimes I give the same parts of me over and over
Wow, you’re still the political girl
The Muslim girl
You haven’t changed