‘The Gift’ by Nadine Aisha Jassat

The trick is to post things that won’t be missed:

a Bollywood film, knock off
from cheap corner stores. Rylands
and a reminder, of a tongue that you don’t speak.

Socks, from our winter
to your summer.
The solstices of longest
and shortest
always falling on the same day

for you — two Fizzlers,
your favourite childhood treat.
You are grown now,
so with it we send Masala chai,
one sachet, unsweet.
You can add your own Scottish sugar,
if you need.

And on the back:
a return address,
in case it gets lost
in transit

between us, our names
front and back, either way
this gift will always find its way
home.


Nadine Aisha Jassat (Nadine Aisha) is the author of Still, a feminist poetry pamphlet, and has performed solo shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the Just Festival, and the Audacious Women Festival. She is the Writer in Residence for YWCA Scotland – The Young Women’s Movement, and features in 404 Ink’s acclaimed book Nasty Women. Her work has been published both online and in print, including The Dangerous Women Project and New Writing Scotland. You can catch her performing at the Just Festival and speaking at Edinburgh International Book Festival this August.


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