Hyphen - Avik Sarkar

My hyphen is a dagger

I hide in my hand—reminding you

that I am insert-adjective-American—not



gibberish into meaning—and

hyphens into daggers into nonsense—and

back again—whirling, wondering,


“So, do you speak foreign?”—and

reaching for the hyphen, the dagger

that I hide—only finding

that it is blunt, dull from cutting

my own hand—and


picking at the scabs.