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Monuments of Grief

ephemeral morning when I’m still young

& untouched by the hostile things


foreign bodies feel nearest to home

becoming monuments of grief


fingerbones breaking from the hold of astonishment

every single star alight beneath the skin


never enough to forgive the scars

light-play reveals the weight carried


wounds winged with wishful thinking

of yielding dysmorphia, yet remains never-ending


only gentleness shaping the creature

of my body into something I could love



Maya Mohammad (they/them) is a first-year Arts student at McGill University and an aspiring writer and poet. They can be found on their personal Instagram @oeilde.tigre, and their poetry on @nebul8usness.


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