Yellow by Amit Parmessur

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Narrated by Jane Parmessur

Yellow by Amit Parmessur
Illustration by Sue Babcock
I am now a civilized hirsute monkey,
part of the folk handicraft of old Beijing.
A Chinese girl’s calmness has turned
my gall into a delicate, lively wit.

She has dwarfed and sweetened the black
monster blowing in my blue flood.
Steel has melted into furry magnolia buds,
cicada-slough and Akebia in dire winter.

I can now tiptoe into her room, every
night, with an air of charming naivety,
unseen, serenading on her sill.
But I hear people gossip–she is

slipping into madness, seeing a gentle
midnight ghost between her white legs.
It’s a pity she cannot recognize me;
wasn’t I better as a monstrous barbarian?


BIO: Amit Parmessur is a poet and a teacher. He has been published in several print and online journals. He lives on one of the most beautiful islands in the world, Mauritius.