Onomatopoeia of Lost Words

by Maryam Gowralli

 

dreaming of half-sounds past midnight

limbic words knock at her door

saying nothing in hunchback forms

their patterns a twelfth night psychometry

she sees the homely metaphors

dreaming of half-sounds past midnight

limbic words knock at her door

her sophist hand stretches

 though the knob is uncalled for

trying but her speak is bleached postwar

dreaming of half-sounds past midnight

limbic words knock at her door

saying nothing in hunchback forms

Maryam Gowralli graduated with a BA in English Literature from the University of Calgary. As a Canadian, she draws polyvocal inspiration from her diasporic Trinidadian-Indian and Indonesian tribal heritage. Find her works at Pussy Magic, untethered, The Caribbean Writer and other journals. Her poetry collection, Citizenship in Water is forthcoming with That Painted Horse Press (2021). Twitter: @MaryamGowralli. Instagram: @maryam.galli.