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pal·at·a·ble: Farah Ghafoor

Words by Farah Ghafoor HOW TO BE YOUR OWN REAPER: they dangled and cracked like the hearts he liked to collect, ornaments that pulsed like drumbeats, sizzled like firecrackers. she bit into the pomegranate knowing what was to come. knew it would taste sour like power and swallowed. persephone was a huntress who believed she had stayed out too long in the sun. she only light she wanted came from the glow of bodies floating in lethe, they trembled with promise and compromise. she sucked her teeth and waited.   NO MAN’S LAND somewhere in a distant country something drops into the lake of my lungs it’s my heart filled with lead and licorice-like worms it makes waves ripple down my thighs no living thing cries out instead, they ache echoing off the hollows of my knees my chin trembles for them. my bone marrow is a nesting ground for parasitic relationships a waterhole for the dead and needy. my voice makes them jump when I say “what defines a jungle?” “the leeches” before I …