1998//Sijn


 
 
 
Upended ruptured sky and clean burst of lung. Urgent striation
beyond reckoning. Beyond borders that pray. Beyond gods
that watch. Beyond hollow hands pushing asylum. This too
will meet you. Say nothing. This too will condemn.
 
 
They will take you to the ground. Act like it is home. Meet it with
longing and cry out: mother of dogma, black-draped sanctuary,
the missing has been a mountain.
 
 
They will lock the door. Squat jaws loom, chipped
with tributaries of disaster. Fat wrists painted red. There will
be old knees that tell stories back to front. This is one of them.
 
 
There will be another. And it will buckle.
Now shield your face. Bury your eyes up to the black
and remember the girl caught plastic forever, skin emptied
of every scar.
 
 
 
 

Natasha Burge is a Pushcart Prize nominated writer and psychogeographer living in the Arabian Gulf region. She is the writer-in-residence at the Qal’at al-Bahrain Museum and her writing has appeared in Pithead Chapel, The Smart Set, The Establishment, Vagabond City, and Pidgeonholes, among others. More can be found at www.natashaburge.com