amalgamation of rabbit’s ears kangaroo tail sip cabernet instead of sauvignon deer wear hunting arrows like jewellery hide the hide stay behind the trees the clock that stands in the desert we can be air plants spruce needles draw blood when crawled upon as we do pawing for bugs in undergrowth vines of sorts peek out where creatures ferments grapes for fairytales sip tea from spout of ceramic pot watch over the pet bamboo split animals into categories find where you fit best
Manahil Bandukwala is a Pakistani-Canadian poet and artist. She is the author of two chapbooks, Paper Doll (Anstruther Press, 2019) and Pipe Rose (battleaxe press 2018). Her work has appeared in or is forthcoming in Room Magazine, the Puritan, carte blanche, Coven Editions, the Poetry Annals, and others. She is the 2019 winner of Room Magazine’s Emerging Writer Award. Find her work online at manahils.com.