Grandma says at the end of days we'll place magnets in our palms, opposite prayer
The mark of the devil over our third eye as currency
That God will destroy the world again: burn us down this time, not drown.
Mom roams the desert: Vegas, Reno - looking for doves / a way back to grace
Stepfather uses words like "breasts" and "tulip-flowers"
Grandma says they worship demons & lesser gods
After dark I look for stars, comets
My mother's headlights
Hurdling here / away
Pray to God, whichever one
Torch the Earth.
Take all of us.
Christine No is a poet and filmmaker whose work has appeared at the Sundance Film Festival, in publications such as: The Rumpus, sPARKLE+bLINK, Columbia Journal, Apogee, and the anthology "If You Can Hear This: Poems in Protest of an American Inauguration" by Sibling Rivalry Press. She is the host of Nomadic Press’ monthly reading series GET LIT and a board member and curator with Quiet Lightning a literary nonprofit based in San Francisco,CA (www.quietlightning.org). She is a current Cohort of the Kearny Street Workshop Interdisciplinary Writers Workshop (www.kearnystreet.org) and is a VONA Alum, a Pushcart Prize Nominee and the First Place Poetry Winner the 2016 Litquake Writing Contest. She lives in Oakland with her dog, Brandy.