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What if I told you I abandoned God my first blow job
And again, when I ate pork belly for the first time

What’s that got to do with anything, God and pork
God and blow jobs, God and your mother dying

We always joke, my friends and I, the lapsed ones
Babi, that’s always the last to go, the last infraction

What’s in it; desire and shame, sin and pleasure
How that pork belly melts in your mouth, Goddamn

What in our mouth do we swallow, spit, suck the air
Out of our lungs; guilt and grief, release and relief

What’s that got to do with anything, God and pork
God and blow jobs, God and your mother dying

 
 
 
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Hafizah Omar is a Malaysian writer, a (sometimes) lapsed Muslim, an enthusiastic home cook, organizer and abolitionist based in Queens, NY working to interrupt the intersecting violences that communities of color and immigrant communities face. She is working on a food memoir exploring food, immigration, race and colonial history.

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