Monday, 17 May 2010

Issue six// Kristine Ong Muslim


All burning houses have doors like
theirs. They are not easily forgotten.
Furrowed at the edges. Like water
hammered and split against the grain.
Mouths rely on the integrity of the
jawbone. Can spit, stutter, and betray.
No other orifice can take back a lie
like this--so pitifully defiant, so red.

© Kristine Ong Muslim 2010
Kristine Ong Muslim's work has been published in more than four hundred publications worldwide, including Envoi, Boston Review, Narrative Magazine, Other Poetry, and Southword. She has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize five times.