Poetry: ancestral

Ancestral Tablets At Nirvana Memorial Gardens, Semenyih. (Photo by █ Slices of Light ✴ █▀ ▀, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 DEED)

my memory is a respite is a mirage is a forgetting–
is a language is a garden of dead pine leaves is yellowing lawns,
is ocean tears is glacial tropics is haunting is burning joss paper;
my memories are desperate, grieving, stacked into crates,
categorised and cartographed into sections on a shrine,
diced and flaked in gold and salt, misery and mirth.


Shufei Ewe (she/her) is a serial internet lurker and professional napper. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in Decameron’s Writing Series, Versification, The Adriatic Mag, HAD magazine, Ayaskala, The Bitchin’ Kitsch and more. Find her on Twitter at @ewe_too.


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