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Fall/Winter 2017

Sheikha A.


There is no mystery in the barrel
or plunge of your waves,

your sounds are borrowed 
powers of the meat fed to the dwellers
of your womb,

and I have even been 
told what you ingest 
keeps travelling,

the further you flow, the darker
becomes the depths of a bound fate – 

fish to fish,
whale to whale – 

there are emigrants,
never stopping to die
in one place;

the progress of the person trapped
between your tides

reflects in patches on
your surface when you turn

and your face becomes
a transparent sheen.

Sheikha A. (Umm-e-Aiman Vejlani) is from Pakistan and United Arab Emirates. Her work appears in over 80 literary venues both print and online including several anthologies by different presses. More about her can be accessed on her blog



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