In this sensual and evocative poem, the simple act of eating a fig becomes a way of bringing a war-torn body back to life.
Strength of my hands, holding.
My face a kaleidoscope, waiting.
As I steal myself words from a battlefield
my lungs backfire canons into my chest
my centre does not hold.
I become a tree branch, bent
backwards from the middle of me.
Some great worm tickles my brain.
The yolk of me, centre darkening,
things fall apart.
My Insides leave me be,
all so very sick of me.
I hold my Self in the heat of my body,
I am composed of retinal movements.
Eyes flit backwards, spine switching –
concave to linear to convex
I feed my mouth a fig.
The plump tender of it against my lips
the kinetics of the Act: tongue on teeth on gums
Smoothing the slipping seeds out
the skin of the fig caught onto my canines.
Strength of my hands, releasing.
My face quiet as the snow.
Words clink around my head,
all full bodied beauties.
Scent of the fig, all wet behind my ears.
About Rojbîn Arjen Yigit
Rojbîn Arjen is a Kurdish writer and incoming Medical student living in London. She has written for Bad Form, Gal-Dem, Lucy Writers, AZEEMA and The Meridian Magazine. She is a contributing writer for the Periphery Magazine. She is involved in a collaborative writing project with the Ruppin Agency – ‘What The Water Gave Us’, working to publish a hardcopy anthology focusing on the migrant experience. Her creative writing has been heavily influenced by the musicality and lyricism of her mother tongue. She currently volunteers for IKWRO – an organisation dedicated to supporting women who have faced FGM and other forms of Honour based abuse. Twitter/Instagram: @rojbinarjen
This poem was written as part of our latest mini-series, Our Body’s Bodies
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