POETRY

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GREEN IS GREED AND GREED IS POWER  by RUTH PORT (United Kingdom)

Issue 3.1   April 2021

Green are the strands of the winner's laurel;
green is the step of his podium as he stares over the crowd;

DESTINY  by TEREN LEE (Malaysia)

Issue 3.1   April 2021

Can the pearl headlands,
with their striped cliff-side rock,
understand that their life is one that will end?

NEWLY STAR  by IZRAHMAE SUICO (Philippines)

Issue 3.1   April 2021

It is like a curl of smoke
Crowning the feral embers
From when it danced the night before –

MEMORIES THAT NEVER HAPPENED  by ARI (United States)

Issue 3.1   April 2021

In the jungles of Aklan stands a statue of a man I've never met.

Stands a monument to a face I've never seen.

BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB  by TULA SINGER (Cuba)

Issue 3.1   April 2021

The embassy called and approved our request to leave the country. So, we packed our clothes and a couple of other essentials, leaving the rest behind.

VENEER  by KOBY CHEN (Canada)

Issue 3.1   April 2021

When my mother and father had left for the West, they brought few things with them. They had clothes, books, and two plane tickets that they had purchased for a foolish sum.

COMMON THREADS OF BROKEN BONES AND LOSS OF INNOCENCE  by FIONA MADSEN (United States)

Issue 3.1   April 2021

Green are the strands of the winner's laurel;
green is the step of his podium as he stares over the crowd;

MY DAD AND I  by TUNA SAGDAN (Turkey)

Issue 3.1   April 2021

As a child, my relationship with my father was very straightforward. I’d ask him for something and he’d say “yes” or “no.” We didn’t play games or go to football matches together, or talk about girls.

THE FLOATING ANCHOR  by AILEEN BAK (Australia)

Issue 3.1   April 2021

As a Haenyeo, a Korean sea-woman, her day was just beginning, even before the sun rose in the bitter oceanic cold to ready herself to dive for her day’s catch. The Haenyeos were once responsible for Jeju Island’s bustling economy.

WHEN THE BLACK KIDS GO MISSING  by EDWIGE GHEMBESALU (United States)

Issue 3.1   April 2021

They tell us to put our hands up. Then, they ask us why we moved. Sister, that is why they shoot. Because we move.

CROOKED CREEKS  by ELIJAH LIU (Singapore)

Issue 3.1   April 2021

Water waits and wastes away in wilted states. It waxes and wanes in winter weather and slips away in the spring fever.

MY BEST FRIEND WANTS TO CHANGE THE WORLD by MAISAH EUZEBE (Dominica)

Issue 3.1   April 2021

My best friend and I always talk about how we're going to change the world. We joke about taking over and making it in our own image.