Questions for the Outward Curve of My Stomach

Questions for the Outward Curve of My Stomach

Questions for the Outward Curve of My Stomach 638 426 Saba Keramati

Questions for the Outward Curve of My Stomach, Where I Sometimes Rest My Hand and Pretend to be Pregnant

 

What have I inherited?

Is it salt?

Why does it sit so heavy in my stomach?

Aunties: why are our words for stomach and soul the same?

I am a woman: I was born with all my future children inside of me.

Is there a DNA test for this?

For salt?

Where does it all go, if I don’t have a daughter?

Will it be the salt people sprinkle on their plums?

A lavender scrub to massage a woman’s legs?

Returned to the earth, to feed a small cucumber garden?

Whose turn will it be to hold these glassy splinters?

Who can I assure the hurt will pass?

Whose hand to hold?

Whose belly to clutch when the jagged edges cut deep inside?

My aunties once scrubbed a chair for two hours after I bled on it.

Header photograph © Hananah Zaheer.

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