I changed my name Here

Poem by Rehema Ivan

Art by Karen Zhang

Two names live on my tongue 

resting, twirling, clashing 

Both call.

Speak one. 

Swallow the Other.

Let her pierce my mouth as I draw lips closed–

Let me smile at you, red running down my chin–

Let me not cry bringing you and me together;

Nor sigh, driving me and me a part

Only recall

Rehema, they are not knowing us.