Asmara Malik can usually be found lurking at http://elmara.deviantart.com [link], where she has, to-date, been awarded six Daily Deviations in Literature. She was one of the eight winners of the LUMS Young Writers Workshop & Short Story Contest 2013. She was short-listed for the Matthew Rocca Poetry Award by Verandah, an Australian journal of art, design and literature. Her work has appeared in Karachi: Our Stories in Our Words (OUP, Pakistan), Papercuts, Poets & Artists, Sparkbright, Read This Magazine and Breadcrumb Scabs, among others.
The Lady of the Lake and Other Homeless Monsters
Tumble down these steppes, grass-stains inking
breaking into breathing bubbles, silvery-gills
is cold, I know. There could’ve been
my Sirens are long dead. Breath easy, inhale
of dried tears, dire and dark, the epoch
mane in this blue-deep. I wrap my pale fingers
Cough. Up. Your. Pretty. Heart. To me.