Literary Orphans

Portrait of Narcissus by Arja Kumar

there’s a man in my bed

smoking gray clouds


       warning me about



he’s looking up at the ceiling


       watching Eve laying

       in tangled roses,


luring her with candy apples.


the devil is a blue man

with a fly perched on his finger,

smoking gray clouds in my bed,

spilling milk all over the laundry,



       american girls taste like sugar


       coca cola.

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Arja Kumar is seventeen and is a senior at Aquin High School. She lives in a bucolic wasteland in the Middle of Nowhere, IL. Aside from writing, she likes filmmaking, punning, and playing music in an indie rock band with her friends. Her work is forthcoming in Bop Dead City magazine.    

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