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12:00 AM, April 28, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, April 28, 2018


How We Used to Be

You, who are

In denial:

Do you remember how

We used to be? 

Our skins were not a sallow gray.

There were no incisive cuts, 

No visible scabs

for the naked eye, no 

festering sores, no 

permanent scars, no 

cankers in my heart.

Our conscience, 

It was not brittle, 

And we did not beg 

To turn to ash.


I have been peeled

And pinned, spun 

And rolled,

Round and round

Like jam rolls for

His evening tea.

Shredded and


Folded and hushed,

Tossed aside.


Tucked away,

Ever so 

Quietly, cells dividing 

In perfect synchrony

Inside his sock drawer.

Rubaiyat Khan is a widely published creative writer. She also teaches at the Department of English and Humanities, ULAB.

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