Braudel of France said live in London a year you will not know London
but France you will know deeper
live in Cape Town a year
be uniquely dazzled 冰糖葫蘆
syrup lacquered fruit ice water dip
live in Johannesburg for seven
tap the expanse of Southern Africa barazi
peas ample from two night soak
visit wine capital Stellenbosch twice الشاي
mint rinsed in first splash of boiled water
be scalded by inequalities sousing all of these
 See On History, by Fernand Braudel (University of Chicago Press 1989), originally, Ecrits sur l’histoire (Flammarion 1969).
 Latin: bīngtáng húlu/rock sugar calabash; snack of Northern China
 Breakfast dish of Swahili coast
 Latin: it-tay/Moroccan mint tea
Salimah Valiani is a poet, activist, and researcher. Her poetry collection, 29 leads to love (Inanna 2021), is the 2022 winner of the International Book Award for Contemporary Poetry. She has published four other poetry collections: breathing for breath (TSAR), Letter Out: Letter In (Inanna), land of the sky (Inanna), and Cradles (Daraja). Her story-poem, “Dear South Africa,” was selected for Praxis Magazine‘s 2019-2020 Online Chapbook Series. Her audio book, Love Pandemic, has just been released by Daraja Press. She lives in many places and crosses borders regularly. Find her on Facebook at SalimahValianiPoet.