Meaning: of the glands. From the Greek karkinos—
meaning “crab growth.” At certain stages it resembles
a cauliflower. Not everything makes sense. Two bodies,
while sparring, create a set of interlocking fingers,
a spongy mass riddled with lesions. A desert of devastation.
There’s something hidden in the hieroglyphs
of stranded bodies. They glint and stiffen
in the sun, a legion of bony-mouthed fish.
It’s itchy she says. This body pinches. I am a lost dot.
I would scale these heights for you, but I fear the depths.
Every day one trillion tons of water evaporate
from the world’s oceans. To evaporate: to turn
to vapor. To disappear. You can close your mouth,
but somewhere else, another will open.
Copyright © Mia Ayumi Malhotra
Kore Staff Pick