Poetry

My mom loves us, loves to
make us beautiful,
make my sister and me
into one girl—
a pageant of Persia.

My husband wants to know why the line is always broken.

We polish our big bellies with creams,
          we henna Eden vines on them,

I hide my power in a cloak I hoard as anger.
My jaw gears like a charging bull;
hairs horn from my butting forehead.

Room would like to apologize to Yoko's Dogs for the formatting errors made in "Yellow" in issue 36.2.

The wind rolls down the street a rogue
wave and breaks in the maples above. Great swells
crest in the uppermost branches and it is alone a wonder how
the little birds are not
shaken loose from their limbs.

It starts with a river. Green hills,
and promising flatland beneath them.

Sister Nora shaved Amritjit and Balwinder’s hair—

My brother lost his body
bit by bit—a foot, a finger, a shin.

The honourable mention in our 2012 poetry contest, judged by Miranda Pearson.

Fat flies line the bait box, brush and cling
like scraps of cellophane, ragged magnets

I. Vows
A hardscrabble climb
up the hillside,

The man who loves you
is nothing but a ghost.
He walks through walls,
his name on your mouth like prayer.

The poem I am not going to write excuses herself
daily, needs to wash her hair, roust the dust bunnies
from under the bed, empty the worn-out clothes
that malinger in her closet.

I thought we were dead
when Dave spread his maps
across the wheel and took off
his glasses to consult them while his semi
careened unchecked down the interstate.

The honourable mention in Room's 2011 poetry contest, judged by Elizabeth Bachinsky.

Joseph of Arimathea
is riding the Carleton Street car
grail tucked in a gym bag

Spools of odd and even numbers knot
tightly around my fingers.

this metropolis is hurly-burly—
you’re striving with deadlines

The honourable mention in Room's 2010 poetry contest, judged by Jennica Harper.

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