shot glass
"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare


Sheikha A. hails from Pakistan and United Arab Emirates and is the author of a short poetry collection titled Spaced [Hammer and Anvil Books, 2013]. Her work appears in over 40 literary zines/journals/magazines such as Red Fez, The Muse, Ygdrasil, A New Ulster, Pyrokinection, Mad Swirl, Carcinogenic Poetry, ken*again, American Diversity Report to name a few, and several anthologies by Silver Birch Press. Her recent publications have been in Switch [the Difference] anthology by Kind of a Hurricane Press and Twenty Seven Signs - Poetry Anthology by Lady Chaos Press.

Sheikha A



Many times I sit by my pen
to test its fidelity to my paper,
wait away many hours
till my bored sight meanders
to the moon; I ogle it, fill my
vision with its spherical
sheerness in a pathetic attempt
to possess it, so I may brag
about owning a part of the body
that exists in another world
but my astral, cosmic, or alien
radiations keep firmly hooked
to the circadian, vegetating body
pulsing with its rhythm,
submitting to its triage,
venturing mortality.