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The missing girl whispers through the fog; the stars burn holes on the walls of her empty bedroom. She sees her face at the back of milk cartons. Somewhere, a shipwreck ends up in the middle of the desert. Always at the side of the road, the missing girl sticks out her thumb to hitch a ride home, but the cars never slow down. In her desperation, she stands and hails in the middle of the street, screaming and crying when the speeding cars vanish through her.

 


More than six hundred poems and stories by Kristine Ong Muslim have been published or are forthcoming in over two hundred journals and magazines worldwide. Her work has appeared in Bellevue Literary Review, Boxcar Poetry Review, Foliate Oak, Free Verse, GlassFire Magazine, GUD Magazine, Iota, Mastodon Dentist, Noneuclidean Café, Otoliths, The Pedestal Magazine, Poetry Midwest, PoetryRepairShop, Right Hand Pointing, Thieves Jargon, Turnrow, and Void Magazine.

© 2010, Kristine Ong Muslim

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