Pathetic Fallacy

Anum Sattar

that like a yellow spatterdock
sinks into sadness

and then slowly rises
to the lily-clogged surface

only to shut those sepals tightly
and drown itself
even in the shallow water

at the syrphid fly’s settlement
on some other nuphar.


About the Author

Anum Sattar is a junior studying English at the College of Wooster in Ohio, USA. Her poems have been published in Margie: The American Journal of Poetry, Triggerfish Critical Review, Hobart, SurVision Magazine, Coal City Review, Crack the Spine, Taj Mahal Review, #thesideshow, The Linnet's Wings, Ragazine, Better than Starbucks, The Florida Review, Snow Jewel Journal, Oddball Magazine, Artifact Nouveau, Off the Coast, Strange Poetry, Between These Shores Literary and Arts Annual, Conceit Magazine, A New Ulster, The Cannon's Mouth, The Journal, Wilderness House Literary Review, Poydras Review, The Cadaverine, VerbalArt: A Global Journal Devoted to Poets & Poetry, The Wayne Literary Journal, The Ibis Head Review, The Weekly Avocet, Poets Bridge, Deltona Howl and Tipton Poetry Journal. She won the first Grace Prize in Poetry and third Vonna Hicks Award at the college. Whenever possible, she reads out her work at Brooklyn Poets and Forest Hills Library in New York City. And she was recently interviewed at Radio Free Brooklyn.