Fallen ‎

You stand before me

Fallen into one another, so suddenly

A reminder of our existence, our existence

A path set, before us

What do we know, except us

And have, no more than our eyes

And our touch, an oud’s deepening resound

A Spirituality, I understand now

We walked back, to the deep recesses of your warmth

Now both of us, there

Intertwined, your perpetual presence, in me

Fallen into you

Not by chance,

a coming together

Ruthless normality, the emodiment of beauty

That thing from within,

About Mehiyar

Dr Mehiyar Kathem is a researcher at University College London (UCL). Mehiyar completed a PhD at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) where he researched peacebuilding interventions and the formation of Iraq’s domestic NGO sector after the 2003 War. During this research, he looked at the gradual evolution of Iraq from totalitarian dictatorship through the country’s emerging domestic organisations. His research interests include statebuilding, civil society peacebuilding and the ways in which development, politics and money interact at a local level. In 2012 and 2013, Mehiyar conducted field research in Iraq for his PhD programme, spending a year meeting with and interviewing domestic NGO actors, political parties, government officials and international donors. Previously, Mehiyar worked on a number of grassroots programmes geared to build the capacity of civil society organisations and continues to advise international donors on the effective design and delivery of projects in Iraq. He tweets at @mehiyar

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