sleep paralysis by Jessamine Liu (Lucent Dreaming Issue 9)

Due to limited control of our formatting on posts, the formatting of the following poem is incorrect.

idle hands frame my body naked
in bed, I lay flat as the cold sends kisses down my skin curling
my toes as spasms ripple up my thighs thunder
roars within my hip bones digging
into spring mattresses and linty blankets I flit
between thoughts and fragmented dreams wandering
worlds behind caged teeth grating
breath and throat and tears seeping
open my eyes watch bangungot
on top of me, her
tears coating my skin in sweat
sigh flushing my cheeks
sending soft whispers of stolen homes and barren lands
of hurt from a thousand mothers who watched their children die before them
from political tantrums and power trips and genocide, she
wails for those afraid to speak and sits atop
sleeping bodies pressing the weight
of a million ghosts and their offspring and panic/crushing-holding hyp-
panic, in
fear i whisper

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Lucent Dreaming is an independent creative writing magazine publishing beautiful, imaginative and surreal short stories, poetry and artwork from emerging authors and artists worldwide. Subscribe to Lucent Dreaming now, support us on Patreon and follow us on TwitterFacebook and Instagram
Jessamine Liu is a queer woman of colour and a diasporic writer with roots in Taiwan, the Philippines, and China. She is a psychology graduate pursuing social work and dabbles in poetry and other art. She currently resides in the unceded lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ təməxʷ (Tsleil-Waututh) First Nations, colonially known as Vancouver, BC. Jessamine’s work is also featured in Ricepaper Magazine, Vancouver Chinatown Today, and bitter melon poetry.

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