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Yin and yang

yang and yin

ylang-ylang smells like jasmine.

Jasmine is condensed milk

of the moon that sleeps

all day in the sea,

turning and churning

white morning waters

in lacto-galactic bloom.


Yang and yin

yin and yang

ylang-ylang smells like jasmine,

that flakes from a star

or a cold lunar scar,

hung high by hot hands

in stale garlands of light;

above bananas and gourds

okra and cloves,

like a pearl-powered jubilee.


Yin and ylang

ylang and yin

are the

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of a song

I dreamt into a flower.

*First published in The Cannon's Mouth, Nov 2021.

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