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Ink and Flame

This selection is paired with “In the Hills, the Cities” by Clive Barker. Get NonBinary Review #20 from Zoetic Press.


The cost of everything, 
value of nothing;
Sun shines, 
and moon cries:
Without you, 
There ain’t anything free. 

Rain tapering us, 
and we’re travellers;
How we move, 
A rhythm inside us,
and my wings carry me, 
where I can’t predict:
Indeed, the marvellous fate. 

Love, you make me, 
fall again, 
and the strangers, 
Call me back to you. 

Bare children, 
holding my fingers, 
touching the wind:
Place to place, 
looking for home, 
and a roof. 

Ink and flame, 
Birds inside the cage, 
Ticking clocks, 
Blaze the rage. 

Ravishing thoughts, 
and empty carnivals, 
Stay with me, 
while I hold you, 
It’s autumn time, 
under falling leaves.


Hanan Muzafar is a research scholar in MTech Electronics & Communication Engineering at Cochin University of Science and Technology, Cochin, Kerala. For him, a poet is a trash bin of the society, who converts junk into fragrant flowers.