Kavya Makam

Blancophobia

a.) i watched a murder

fibers snapping, audible collapsing, silent gagging

i looked quick—

    a decapitated fish

    you said

“c’mon we’re going to be late”

b.) I tried to speak but—

oxygen is taken

    into the lungs through the

a.    nose

b.    mouth

c.    the eyes

c.) the fish market is a yard in Atascadero

fibers snapping, audible collapsing, silent gagging

i looked quick—

    a wooden cross on a front yard

    you said

“we’re going to be late for lunch”

d.) you said—

muscle memory induces diaphragm contractions;

a hollow hand

never forgets

e.) my body is at lunch but my mind is at the fish market

gutted and gasping

that stupid gaping fish

glazed and vapid eyes while

 

he keeps//

    you keep//

everyone is//

clamoring, cackling, choking—

[i am//        //

                   carp cataracts

                in a summer dress]

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About the Author

Kavya Makam is a Southwest Asian writer living in Southern California. She is currently immersing herself in BIPOC media, writing, and art, in an attempt to decenter her Eurocentric perspective on learning. This is her third publication with The Ear; she has been featured in Byzantium and The WIB Wire.