Muscadine Lines: A Southern Journal

Gathering South Asia Through Our Eyes
For Maggie

Mary Ann Sullivan


Of water won and wonder woo

And water lost and arbor under

Sat and yellow pink and yellow
seat and granite bench and there
we sat

Ever long the last and last

Walks and through and arch and long

The arms and robes of Muslims

forward walk and

Wind and blown

We talked

And sat and yellow pink and yellow
seat and granite bench and there
we sat

the scarfs of Pakistani men were long
and on the shoulder down
and robes of Islam longer

the women Pakistani soft
and gentle tender
south and south of Asia
south
for once and first Kashmiris known

and gather motion gather words
through eye and eye and

pulled in mind and held

in mind like camera

‘neath an arbor

with gathered under
pink and pink and yellow
share and share

and rides and car and parked on brick
for mom, and mum, and mom
and green


Gathering south Asia through our eyes
Gathering pink and pink and pink

with dearest, dearest pink.

And sprinkling down south Asia
piece and piece and gently falling

Piece of dearest pink and pink and yellow

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Mary Ann Sullivan is a Doctor of Arts student at Franklin Pierce University in New Hampshire. Her first novel, Child of War, set in Belfast, Northern Ireland, was named a Notable Book in Social Studies and favorably reviewed in the New York Times.

© Mary Ann Sullivan

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