Shadow of Delight


Boundless bounty is the art of our beloved.
Both the bullseye & the dart of our beloved
are the dearest wishes of their other lovers
dreaming in their wake. Each fart of our beloved
is a sung sura from the Koran of asses.
No Ayatollah knows not that part of our beloved
past the pink on pink horizon where the sun
has set since long before the start of our beloved
in the sea & beauty is a heartbeat doubled.
That wild west which is the heart of our beloved.

Jahan Khajavi is from Fresno composes & performs “wildly amusing & explicit queer poetry” (Vogue) in Rome. Other recent poems can be found in the anthologies Home Is Where You Queer Your Heart & Essential Voices: Poetry of Iran and Its Diaspora.