Naturalization Test

By Aishvarya Arora 

What is the

supreme

law of

the land

1.

breath looming in the rafters of this room? Its huff

– it forms our words and the pauses between them. This breath is

the every room, the law with which the heart pulsing

contracts.

2.

What is an

amendment

3.

What do

you show

loyalty to

when

you.

say the pledge

of

allegiance?

equaling? What is an equal? An

that eclipses the body cannot save it.

you do when both of your languages begin to tumble? Silence in your throat – do

your tongue? Its tip dragged as far as your chin, a pledge of

remind yourself that it was not cut from your mouth

America acquired

But,

to show your tongue robs you

tasting, licking, swallowing? It this

4.

What

ocean

is

on the east

coast.

of the

united

states?

is the breath like above

surface, when no land

in sight

or the north? There, I would not lap at any

I would be in gratitude

salt and the fish around me without names. Can a bifurcation be

with its antecedent

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