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Three Untitled Poems


slick-silvered fish

its skin - oily, plump, inviting

it sings glorious from the pan

with the peevish potatoes

and sulky tomatoes

she hoped to be wrapped up 

in a sari that same shade of reddish gold

assembled with care

with the same tenderness

carefully swaddled

as the freshest salmon in the marketplace

strange aspirations 

of a girl whose heart was muddled by the river water


she steals away in softness

bare footstep on the hardwood floor

the stirrings of early morning

a quiet pulse in her veins

still moonlight reflecting in her eyes


the way the world can be trapped in a drop of dew

how she trembles in the wake of it all


when she looked in the mirror

she could not see herself

only emptied eyes

and a mouth painted in regret

on the other side of the looking glass

was everything she dreamed she'd be

when she was five

and the color of her skin

was a fine earth

from which beautiful things could grow

Tishna Mohiuddin is an occasional contributor to this page.

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