Mongolian Marks – Samina Hadi-Tabassum


Dark black ganglion circles

Spreading out in radial fashion

From between their thighs

Underneath their armpits

Below their eyes

In between their behinds

Violet patches on the tips of their elbows

On their crusty knees and along their necks

2-modtoi-boo-75x42Mongolian marks is what the doctor calls it

Vestigial reminders of my primordial past

Of Kublai Khan and Genghis Khan

Racing across the plains toward the west

Of Rudyard Kipling’s jungle

Of British colonialism and Mughal conquest

Of the brown savage

Peering through my newborn twins


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