“lullaby” by Kiik A.K.

Henri Fantin-Latour (French Realist Painter, 1836-1904) Roses and Lilies 1888
Roses and Lilies by Henri Fantin-Latour, 1888

If I fold the page into a single
white glove I’m saying goodbye

If I fold it into a cricket
you will know the lullaby
seals itself between your dreaming
eye and the unsteady dream

A lantern calls to you
and I past a solitary dream
to meet in the shared tunnel
of your remembering

Six paper lilies means
I have fallen through the tunnel
and cannot rise, I am singing to you
from the shoulders of crickets
at your window

If I fold the page into a bowl
you will know I am out
collecting rain

Though you dream of thirst
and wake to the dry perfume of lilies



Kiik A.K. previously studied poetics at Santa Clara University and UC Davis and is a current graduate student of creative writing at UC San Diego. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in the journals iO, Scythe, Washington Square, Barge Press, The Brooklyner, Alligator Juniper, CutBank and Alice Blue Review. “lullaby” was written for Kane and Peggy Araki.

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