As You Wish

you are still in the philippines

 

by a dock inhaling sea salt

enjoying the dance of the palms

 

your ancestral home

 

of your nieces and nephews

sisters and brothers

mother and father

 

above and below the ground

 

where the taste of milkfish

is clean and pure

 

where you are full

of mangoes and youth

 

in a time that eclipses all meaning

 

you are still in the philippines

 

but you’re buried in snow

an ocean away

 

at your request

Published online September 27 2018.

Shirley Camia is the author of Children Shouldn’t Use KnivesThe Significance of Moths and Calliope. Her work has appeared in The New QuarterlyTAYO and the Winnipeg Free Press, and is forthcoming in My Lot Is a Sky, an anthology from Math Paper Press in Singapore. These poems will appear in Mercy, published by Turnstone Press in 2019.


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This piece was published in ‘Summer Issue,’ the Summer 2018 issue of CV2.

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