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the madrigal, volume iii

All come

by hibah shabkhez

All come, entranced by my love's heady charm,

Drawn resistless by sweet scent and bouffant

Form, by lopsided smile on melting shell;

Luscious and undulating, soft and warm,

   Is my beloved human or croissant?
Can you tell, can you tell? O, can. you. tell?

Hibah Shabkhez is a writer of the half-yo literary tradition, an erratic language-learning enthusiast, and a happily eccentric blogger from Lahore, Pakistan. Her work has previously appeared in Zin Daily, Litbreak, Broadkill, Rising Phoenix, Big City Lit, Constellate, Harpy Hybrid, and a number of other literary magazines. Studying life, languages, and literature from a comparative perspective across linguistic and cultural boundaries holds a particular fascination for her. Linktree: