Ayaz Pirani

Designed by Megan Fildes

Choosing a Friend” by Ayaz Pirani
from the 2018 Poem in Your Pocket Day booklet

He’s off the list
like Pluto. 

I can share apples with that one
but it’s formal as Piaget. 

She’s bitter-gourd,
a pinch of turmeric. 

His ear for an echo,
standing like scissors. 

Her shrimp-paste face
is tempting 

but he looks like drought.
The other, lake effect. 

All that’s left is that
punctuation mark.