There are two cats, yowling like
it’s a full time living.
A pair of beetles, blister,
bluster and blood. Two bowls
of your favourite soup. Five
cups ringed with sweet old aches.
Two hawkmoths, trailing tuberose breaths.
Uncategorized bookshelves. Shoes
with broken soles. A clatter
of greasy dishes. Freshly minted
sand-dollars. A geode that does not
know the hammer. A sweater buckling
under its own fragrance. A scrap
of blue baby sky. The orchid and
the oxeye. There are two slugs
unsticking in apology.
Every little brown bird
you’ve seen in this lifetime, and
their songs. There are two seeds
waiting for the shock of water.
May Chong is a Malaysian poet, spec writer, and 2019 Rhysling Award nominee. Her work has previously been featured in Strange Horizons, Apparition Literary, The Willowherb Review and RECLAIM: An Anthology of Women's Poetry. May loves great stories, good cheese, social justice and the worst possible puns.