Jan/Feb 2019 • Vol. XLI No. 1 Poetry |

Vestigial Bones

jaunse tu bhagela ii toke nighalayihe je andar rahe tohar jahaaj ke nast karihe The remnant of hind limbs puppets an origin play that strings baleen to terrestrial ancestors. Occasionally whales sport hind legs —  as in Vancouver in 1949, a harpooned humpback bore eighteen inches of femur breaching its body wall. Disconnected from the spine, what is their function but to rend the book of Genesis into two? Why regard scripture and exegesis as legs and fluke, sure to fall away, and not eat beef or pork? Why do I need Hindi in Hawaii as a skeletal structure, a myth to hook my leviathan jaw? What you run from will swallow you, what’s inside will splinter your boat

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Rajiv Mohabir is the author of three poetry collections, most recently Cutlish (Four Way Books, 2021) and the memoir Antiman (Restless Books, 2021). He lives outside Boston and teaches in the MFA program at Emerson College.

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