When I opened the window
Was a blue and orange butterfly
Waving in the sun -
Between the well and the laurel tree.
On the sidewalk,
Two damsels strutted together;
A turquoise skirt the one wore
A chocolate T-shirt the other.
Pleased, no doubt, they were together;
For the cadence of their laughter
Waved in the air
Like Tunisian silk.
No harvest did the window
No mountain range in the distance;
All I could see was a laughing sidewalk
And a sunny spot in the garden.
Lazhar Bouazzi holds a Ph.D from the University of Tunis in Tunisia. He specializes in English Romantic Poetry and Modern Critical Theory. He is a former soccer player (attacking midfielder) and basketball player (point guard) and played both soccer and basketball for "L'avenir sportif de Kasserine" in Tunisia.