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  • Michal (Mitak) Mahgerefteh

Memoir Poetry | Abstract Art 

I'm working on a new poetry collection centered on depression in aging adults, inspired by my father's experience after my mother's passing in 2010.

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Started the writing May 2020

during May Mental Health Awareness. 

"The best thing you could do is master the chaos in you.

You are not thrown into the fire; you are the fire."

Mama Indigo

Colorful Memory

(Temporary Title)

Childhood images spill into mind,

father attentive, tapping on The Book:

I was six when we drove from Masada

down the Aravah Valley toward the old

city of Jericho, sticking my head outside

the window charmed by morning haze…

revealing the Moab Mountains shading

pools of pink and purple onto the Dead Sea,

not a ripple on the glossy surface just flaky

points sparkling like crystals on the salty

formation, you held my hand by the edge

of the youngest body of water, out of habit,

“Turks and Bedouin early history still stirs

the prosaic shore,” father nodding knowingly,

“You were a curious child,” he says awkwardly. 

May 2020

Michal Mahgerefteh

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Inner Struggle

(Temporary Title)

Since I left, I’ve yearned for a kind word,

not jumbled words made to prayer or psalm

to end a conversation—but a warm welcome,

spontaneous and protective after separation…

for thirty-five years this nameless ache stands

mute in verses, no metaphors… people create

weariness, to some it seems pleasant, as father

not about to offer a glimpse of understanding;

like an old dream he leans on the back of his

armchair averting my attention to the thick fog

masking the Blvd, “Our world shrunk by time

and place,” he says, “I regret letting you go...”

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