Beth McDonough

Hegira
(the word of the day for 31st August on a tear-off calendar)

      “a journey undertaken to escape a dangerous or undesirable situation: exodus.”

In what we may christen
A.D. 622, Mecca expelled
The Prophet and his people.
Medina’s clans gave alms
shelter, security, hope.

Their word Hijera was born,
swaddled across Europe,  to be carried
by Medieval Latin as hegira.
Caught in our complex lexicon
we adopted this Arabic.

What will we give now, in return?

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