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Siham Karami

Here, a marsh wears raw shrew-hair,

a wren wears rain as a whisper,

a swamp is where a wasp whimpers.


We swap names in a map.

Rename: "New Haremshire."


Here, praise means "warm semen;"

hare means "wise;"

pen means "rapier;"

war means "swipe."


"Where" is a map's whim.

New Hampshire means "pier, wiener"

as Maine means "whir, peas."

See, we are pawns in a sham empire. 



*This invented form utilizes only the letters in the title for the entire poem. No single word may use any letter in a frequency greater than it is used in the title.

New Hampshire*

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