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a ghazal for the first prosthetic eye,
found in Shahr-e Sukhteh, The Burnt City
The augur trades her eye, wet as yolk and gold,
________to the nesting oriole, the slit of her weeping gold.
The iris cleaves like gelatin into a blackened bowl,
________pupils roil to its surface, like ants encased in gold.
Five thousand years ago, her orbit holds
________a threnody of harp strings, sung in gold.
The auspice builds a nest in serpentine folds.
________The canal echoes inward: all the names of gold.
Mycelial geography, memory of shoals,
________a carious litany as bone gives way to gold.
Dawn dresses in the susurrus ruche of marigolds,
________crowned in ibex horns, resurrecting us in gold.
Arboreal body, seeding fruit foretold,
________knotted fingers scoop out shoots of gold.
Fate-eyed chimera, creature yet untold,
________born from twist of light, womb of gold.
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C. E. Janecek is a Czech-American writer, poetry MFA candidate at Colorado State University, and assistant managing editor at Colorado Review. Janecek’s writing has been featured in Lammergeier, Peach Mag,the Florida Review, Permafrost,and others. On Instagram @c.e.writespoems.
author photo by Paul Christean