Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Al-Malik: The Kingdom Within

Break a stone,
chop apart the wood,
dip your bare hand into the cold lake,
slice the onion,
capture snowflakes on your woolen glove
and breathe across them until
they puff like pastry
and soak, liquid, into fiber.
Stare down the long throat of your dog
as she yawns, lips peeled back from white teeth.
Stare into your lover’s eyes as if you have never seen them—
and probably you haven’t, not this way,
for we are held in our interiors
cupped by God’s hands,
no less than galaxies and angels and all the dark between.
Peel back any exterior
you will find you are


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