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Kristine Ong Muslim

All that whiteness on the wall

cannot have any meaning,


so we chip the paint to reveal

twenty-four shades of gray underneath,


whorls and stains that sometimes

spell out our names. Then we hang


the wallpaper, put a bit of dullness to

dullness, and celebrate with wine and roast.



Kristine Ong Muslim's poems and stories have appeared or are forthcoming in many places. These include Bellevue Literary Review, Chronogram, Cordite, The Pedestal Magazine, Porcupine, T-Zero, and Turnrow. Her publication history: