(or plucking the lines of gender difference)
HODA M. ZAKI
Sweaty thighs and knees
on a hot and sticky day.
Numbing pain endured.
But we bear it.
The price of sugar goes up.
But sugar and lemon will be cooked
to make a glue to bind all women.
Bikini lines were known long ago here
although we never wore them.
"Do your arms too" they urge
"Inti aiza tibi zay el ragel?" *
Each of us has a recipe she touts as a success:
Use molasses instead of sugar
Aspirin in lieu of lemon
And leave the water out.
When did it begin?
With the Ancients? Did Nefertiti
grimace too on a hot, cloudless day?