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KRISTINE ONG MUSLIM
Kristine Ong Muslim has been published in numerous publications worldwide, including Beeswax Magazine, Boxcar Poetry Review, Fifth Wednesday, GlassFire Magazine, Grasslimb, Iodine Poetry Journal, Narrative Magazine, Ottawa Arts Review, Pank, Riddle Fence, The Pedestal Magazine and T-Zero. She has been nominated three times for the Pushcart Prize and twice for the Science Fiction Poetry Association’s Rhysling Award.
Songs of Dead Objects Content in their Husks
I summon your bodies
to be parallel with the earth
in preparation for death. I harden
gently while you surrender.
I am a primeval mouth, a forsaken
hemisphere. I swallow and let every
thing gravitate to my lowest point,
compensate for my unformed orb.
Prodigal leaves scrunched in place,
I count while you bend backwards,
recite while you stammer,
remind you of what you try to forget.
Mine—the texture of silence. Glass ravens
tinkle on the display shelves. Burdened by
heavy wings, they do not tumble down.
I still wait for that perfect moment, their fall.
I yield to the gloss of rain, the scent
of thumbprints on metal, the pulse
of a sudden grip, the rush
of a panicked flight, the will to escape.
Scoop me up—I can be your eye, your pearl
of bleached sun. I expand beyond your
line of sight, into a quadrant where
aesthetics is rude or even redundant.
Wield me weightless away from
the fire. Ink dirties me while it makes
me last. Your hand crumples me
into a ball, rustles me to submission.
Swirl with us into the drain. We are
disciples of scum, vestigial ashes
of an annotated sacrament.
Slurp our miracles with distaste.
©2009 Kristine Ong Muslim
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