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Sentient Beings






Sentient Beings  







We’ve been throwing stones

at our blurry resemblance

for so long.
      Screaming it to run off,

      waiting to watch it surrender

      for good.



We’ve been making marks

with hard stuff

on the earth too long

and there’s no end to finding

     endless eyes, toes, burning,

or forgetting--

seeing the stars is not

feeling them.



We’ve been talking about transcending

our mode of travel--

We’ve been dying on the earth too long



and missing the middle path

between mother and father,

who after all

spent twenty years detaching,

for that purpose.



And we’ve been staring back

at our near-blind resemblance

for so long.

     Pleading it to run off

     waiting to watch it surrender

     for good.





            We’ve been calling the tongue our angel,

            We’ve been calling the tongue our animal, 

            We’ve been mixing up love and prey--

We’ve been appearing on the earth too damn long.



                                                     

                                                                                        







Alexandra Kulik




My work has appeared in K'in, Maudlin House, Punch Drunk Press, Bayou Magazine, Nthanda Review, and Black Fox Literary Magazine, among others.


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