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This poem is taken from PN Review 127, Volume 25 Number 5, May - June 1999.

The Multicultural Poem Sujata Bhatt

for Maria van Daalen & Lorna Crozier

It has to do
        with movement -

How the tongue must change
                  its colour for every language -

little chameleon bruised by your teeth.

                    Pull it out, pull it out, the silence

the silence between
the cadence and the syntax -

In the garden
there are green and orange lights -
There was a life - there is
        a life

filled with cut skin and bruises -
The bruises and the tiger lilies
                        would like to scream.

In my dream, the doctor
walks in with a laser.
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