Poetry Feature

Bio: Seref Ha’Qol (they/them) is a third-year theology major and environmental studies minor from South Pasadena. “I love all kinds of poetry, but my biggest influences are the Beat poets, Rumi, and Yusef Komunyakaa.” Ha’Qol is also a musician. “I strive to convey tempo, melody, and key change. When I write I feel like I’m recording my own experiences through sensually explicit metaphors that interact with one another,” they said. 


Disrobing in a Moonlit Fog (Ghazal)

Fire or water will see this life’s end

But oh! How smothering should be this wife’s end

A mother, bed to breakfast, & earrings hanging low

The burning angel’s hair has brought this dyke’s end

Choked by unsung aquariums

Nebulous clouds will see this flight’s end

A kiss on every forehead, basil-berry sweet

Oh, to be the first one who quiets the night’s end

Pink-blue syncopation deep beneath percussive chords

Rocky-punch sardonyx sings the hike’s end

Yet until the last warm bath

Obscures a brilliant white end

Seref knows no holy soil

God will never see their wife’s end


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