Lantern Review | The Hybridity Issue

Christopher Santiago

Some Words

It means a new vocabulary:
oxytocin for the bond

that makes mothers shed milk at a wail
milia for the grain

on the bridge of his fingernail nose
and before I’ve read lanugo

the down between his shoulder blades
gone. The scent too: night—

bloom freshness
nape and limb:

no name I’ve found
though if it were an ideogram

I'd write it rind and aura;
field and fold; cycle

that must be tended or
to stoke a little fire.