“The White-in-the-Waiting” by Roula-Maria Dib

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12 May 2020 | 19:15

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Photo showing Lebanese-American writer Roula-Maria Dib in the Brotherton Library at the University of Leeds. (Courtesy of Roula-Maria Dib)

Hope is a happy haunting, a sneaky, friendly ghost

colorless--alabaster at best.

That invisible wind behind the sails,

motor, mover, and fuel, might feel like a

fairy’s kiss, a pinch of pixie dust,

or a genie hatching through a lamp’s cervix.


The horizon blushes, bashfully

with the setting sun’s pink promise of tomorrow

as Lover Sky winks at his enamored Earth,

whom he’ll ogle again in the morning.


Hope is that thing... in every White-in-the-Waiting,

not in the light, but in the patient screen that awaits it.

Hope is not a thing with colors, not a door, but a pearly wall

propping itself for graffiti (of perhaps, a door?).


It is an ivory cast, coiled around a broken limb, waiting

for the chromatic cuneiform of loved ones’ signatures.


It is still that thing with feathers, though:

a blanched, post-deluvian dove at the ark’s door,

a message of rainbows forming,

an anticipation of color,

an invitation to life.



Roula-Maria Dib (PhD, Leeds) is a Lebanese-American professor of English at the American University in Dubai, and editor-in-chief of “Indelible”, the university’s literary journal. Her poems, essays, and articles have appeared in several journals. Her new book, “Jungian Metaphor in Modernist Literature” (Routledge, 2020) is now available in hardback and e-book format. She is a member of the International Association for Jungian Studies, the Jungian Society for Scholarly Studies, and the British Association for Modernist Studies. The themes that pervade her work usually revolve around different aspects of human nature, ekphrasis, surrealism, and mythology.

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