Self-Portrait as Blemish

Robert Okaji

Do not turn away. Stare 

at my impropriety and accept 

the facts exposed: the mixed,

the blended, the unholy 

result of the extralegal 

conjoining. Look closer. 

Ask your question. I 

am the world inside 

the fermented egg, the tacit 

accusation. What you 

choose not to see. 

Feel my breath. Remember.

Robert Okaji lives in Indiana. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Vox Populi, Book of Matches, North Dakota Quarterly, The High Window, and elsewhere.