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We gather people:
indigenous yellow white
black brown alien.

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Thought Experiment

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Author’s Note: (Literal) Ekphrastic Poem On “In the Mood for Love” by Shigeru Umebayashi

Part B

And we march for peace
And we march for progress
for personal gain
for you and I and them and she
                        it

I say fuck all – let’s make love
with love, the rest will follow.

 

 

 

 

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Why don’t ants have antlers?

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Like the ant resting its non-existent
antlers on the sulci of a leaf, anticipating
the upcoming flux of the gentle breeze,
I rest my case.

Like the pufferfish pouting its symbolic
lips, posing for a selfie,
I rest my case.

As the seaweed wraps around my ankle,
I let go – a floating starfish.

 

 

 

 

 

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Candid Beginnings: Life is Hard Work

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Morning, fellow readers! Wishing all of you a happy Labour Day weekend. It has been a while since I have blogged a normal, contemplative post (yes, that’s me admitting poetry is special), and I figured perhaps it’s time to step into this rarity seeing that I do have a lot to say. Making the effort to do so is where I fall short, and that’s my yardstick measure of “is it worth it”, “does this need to be said”, or “would people actually care to know”.

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Maybe the wind was created so that I could caress
you gently. Washing pain with cotton wool
like how my Nana used to kiss away my bruises,
with promises of rainbows and sprinkles.

Now I come back to life, absorbing your bleak,
breathing Stardust into you again.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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