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“Why can’t you sleep?” by Zara Hanif

Updated: Dec 29, 2022

A background photo features colorful wildflowers that are yellow, red, and purple. Atop that photo is an ivory box with purple text that says Why can't you sleep? by Zara Hanif

There are blossoms in my chest

Rolling off my breasts, feathering out from my sternum, violet, emerald, scarlet petals

A garden of wildflowers is inside me


Zara Hanif is a Creative Writing graduate from Rhode Island College. She has art and writing published in Shoreline, Clockwise Cat, Albion Review, Operating System, Red Flag Poetry, Sheepshead Review, and now in Chronically Lit. She tries to be as haunting as possible.


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