2011 fall poetry qanounsahemar

by Nigel Holt

‘Dubai's diversity means that visitors can enjoy
a whole range of different experiences. From the
beautiful undulating desert sands to the bustling
downtown areas—the vast unspoiled beaches
and the mountains to the east—Dubai is a city
of adventure, contrast, discovery and surprise.’
The Dubai Guide

Holding hands is fine:
don’t go further though;
don’t lick the special sauce
from the dripping chicken Big Mac,
or chat up the staff, of course.
Don’t let the locals know
if it’s your place, or it’s mine:
be an amnesiac.

Don’t kiss me in the malls
—there may be hookers looking,
and CID men lurk
in the coffee cups of Costa’s.
Share a hot cell with a Turk
—the system’s not for bucking
and the threat of policemen’s balls
is paid off with a Foster’s.

About the Author

Nigel Holt has lived and worked in the United Arab Emirates for a number of years. He has been published in a number of magazines and journals, the most recent of which are London Magazine, Poetry Salzburg Review, The Anglican Theological Review, Crannog, Agenda, and The Raintown Review.

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