Lord of your wasteland.
Lord of what you dream
to subjugate—

this way to the mound
where you bury your dead.

Behind these canyons,
your bone yard sullies
the gloom of loam.

And whatever’s foul
seeps through clay.

Your blind tenants tread
beyond your weathered
forts, your shallow moats.

Your trespassers map
your dwindling terrain.


KRISTINE ONG MUSLIM's stories and poems appeared in many publications, including Boston Review, Narrative Magazine, Sou'wester, Southword, and The Pedestal Magazine. Dan Chaon's selection for The Wigleaf Top 50 (Very) Short Fictions 2012 and the storySouth Million Writers Award Notable Stories of 2011 included her tiny tales. She authored several chapbooks and a flash fiction collection We Bury the Landscape (Queen’s Ferry Press, 2012).

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