The Innisfree Poetry Journal
by Maham Khan
Cavemen crawled inside her and painted children on the walls of her womb.
The woman at the loom is still.
She weaves a fortune for the paintings hanging just underneath her
Crisscrossed with a dozen clumsy silver pens.
Who do you call, with your voice looming like fog over a forest of sighs?
As you leap from sky to sky, Mother,
Your footprints, dusty stars.
All your children seek paradise
Underneath your calloused feet
As they scratch your heels and make you bleed.
You push but if you could, you'd pull them back inside
And smother them then let them become
Bastard kites, ripping through clouds
Tugged by threads of glass that slide through your beating heart.
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