Thursday, April 24, 2014

My mother was never superstitious

until she lost faith in her body—

with each new opaque mass,

her doctors uncovered

another dark star.

She started aligning furniture

with compass rose gardens,

invited stone guardians

to roar at hidden ghouls,

built doors she instructed

to greet the morning sun.

Her body she cleansed

until the insides burnt raw.

Nightly, she traced lines

in her palms like a prayer,

never doubting her palms

would betray her too.

~ Jenny Qi


“Palmistry” first appeared in What’s Your Sign? in 2013.