Adam Day

Inki Fen


Thieves interrupt Neighbor
meditating like a shadow pacing

a warehouse floor, minutes short
of enlightenment. Refuse

to spare her a bit longer,
decapitate her and a bull

they’ve stolen – her blood-jets
foundry fires ghosting

the river’s mudflats. In fury
she becomes Yama—indigo-skinned,

scarlet-soled—takes the bull’s
pronged head for her own, impaling

the thieves, making space
for silence. Drinks their blood

from their skull-cups for as long
as the results of their actions

are unexhausted. The factories
aren’t coming back. The headless bull

wanders into the bog.


go to:

Adam Day

“Yuugen Gulf”


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