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And then there were two birds that sang hymns,
praising the lord for demons wrestling the night sky.

And here are two whales whistling like the pulse of our blood,
as the tornado waltzes into communion.








© Fiza Arshad, 2017 All rights reserved.


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

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





© Fiza Arshad, 2017 All rights reserved.

Why don’t ants have antlers?



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.






© Fiza Arshad, 2017 All rights reserved.

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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