POSTCARD :: arteries

Abeer Y. Hoque is a Nigerian-born Bangladeshi American writer and photographer. More at

artery trees branched

     high in the riverine sky

     veins to lose yourself

     arteries for finding


                                         open your hands

                                         close your eyes


         the sun shapes

         each bank and break

         precise and spalling


here the limbs splinter

there the ripples thin

now it is winter


                                                            the river keeps rising

                                                            reaching riving

                                                            it turns gold at the edges


                                                 close your hands

                                                 open your eyes


what were runnels

reduced and repeating

become a map to the widening world