Shalini Rana and Diane Mayr

Diane Mayr
Inspiration piece

Failing Sunburst
By Shalini Rana

The first laugh I loved
galloped in a broken body:

Brother’s silent open-mouthed grin, ready
to swallow me whole in a sea
of small sailboat teeth.

Eyes squinting from the upward weight
of his cheekbones.

As his facial muscles gave up, and
it became too hard to look alive—
Laughs were the cobbled remains of light in his eyes.

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