KRISTINE ONG MUSLIM : Home-schooled
DIANE PAYNE : Zen and the Art of Monkey Bars
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Home-schooled Zen and the Art of Monkey Bars  
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KRISTINE ONG MUSLIM
Home-schooled
The obituaries use the same set of words. The neighbor's child speaks by using his hands-- so small and eager, those young hands. Someone in my family dies and is dragged away; I want to see the hand that holds the other end of the leash, hack it off, squeeze all the blood from the stump. I witness my pet dog eat her newborn pup. Now I know about violence; it is ingrained. The well our farmhand had dug up last summer suddenly dries up. I can make out the bottom, at last. There is nothing special there. Just hard clay.
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Home-schooled Zen and the Art of Monkey Bars  
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DIANE PAYNE
Zen and the Art of the Monkey Bars
Standing on the monkey bars, tongue stuck to the cold steel, the girl's fear faded. Her classmates ran inside when the recess bell rang. Some chided her for being late; but how could she respond with her tongue so preoccupied? There was something profound about standing alone on the monkey bars, staring at one steel bar, eyes crossed, tongue affixed, no where to go, nothing left to do, but stand amidst the empty playground, wondering if she'd be missed at lunch.
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You Take Advantage of My Good MoodTOP Home-schooled (first appeared in Leaf Garden #8, March 2010)  KRISTINE ONG MUSLIM, a Philipine poet of extraordinarily powerful language.
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