hospital bed

local_library hospital bed

by Kiik A.K.

Published in Issue No. 190 ~ March, 2013

the sun the rosy dumpling

puffing on the windowsill

 

or have i been watching an actual dumpling

gargling some of its sweet broth

 

i’ve surrendered one eye to the poet

there is a woman that makes

distance a mystery to me

 

one moment a fish is delivering

the moon in its jaws

its imprisoned eye is weeping

 

in the next moment they are

dabbing it dry to feed me

 

the pulp of its cheek

meat splashes over my chin

 

i am nothing more than a great bib

to map the years

 

the years have fed a great dough

down my throat

 

i am waiting for the nurse to come

feed me this bit of sun

 

if it be one bite or the eternal

bright bone to gnaw

 

-dedicated to Professor John C. Hawley

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Kiik A.K. is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley and Santa Clara University. He earned an MA from UC Davis where his poetics thesis was titled “THE JOY OF HUMAN SACRIFICE.” He is a current graduate student of creative writing at UC San Diego. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in iO, Scythe, Washington Square, Barge Press, The Brooklyner and CutBank.