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A Desktop Wallpaper Poem


This is so cool (I hope you think so too): Issue Magazine has turned my little poem from Witchcraft, “Mamihlapinatapai”, about the near-untranslatable Yahgun word from Tierra del Fuego, into desktop wallpaper!


Poem: Mamihlapinatapai



Yahgun (Tierra del Fuego): a look shared by two people, each of whom wish the other would initiate that which they both desire, but which neither one wants to concede.

The saddest word in the world
has a piñata nestled
within it. You will never
know the richness of
your own heart until
you have held it high
above the totem
of your body and
blessed its