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Winter 2007, vol 5 no 4


Tapioca and Morphine
Michele Yanga


Last snack of the dying and I can't help but think that tapioca pearls may in some way resemble cancer cells in a way that we would show high school students: Little, hard knots of something that shouldn't be there, an impediment to the pudding, a clot of unpleasant disruption to the texture. Especially inflammatory cancer that has no distinct tumor, but rather an army, a phalanx of cells, cancerous drones that infiltrate canals and alleys, bifurcations that are not meant for them.

So to dream of things not of war, a larger white messenger is sent into the battlefield, but it is not a danger to the enemy. Oh no. Instead, it is a blanket to the already fallen, a concession, a news report already known to be false, but believed if only temporarily. And soon even that will not be strong enough to deceive.

cauliflower tumor
pear trees blossoming
over the street


Michele Yanga Michele Yanga lives and works in Southeast Michigan. A pianist since the age of four, she plays for church on Sundays and in recital with her students. She is an avid photographer and when she is not at work, she likes to travel--preferably to places that she has not yet photographed. Her most recent work is forthcoming at