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The Canal Behind My Grandfather’s House

The canal beside the rooms where
my late Filipino accent once called—
Tatay, nasaan ka?—is brown
during dust storms and monsoons.

Once, I stretched a hand
towards bitter sewage waves;
the brown of the canal matched
the brown in my hand

I wondered if I would be washed away.

The Canal Behind My Grandfather’s House

The canal beside the rooms where
my late Filipino accent once called—
Tatay, nasaan ka?—is brown
during dust storms and monsoons.

Once, I stretched a hand
towards bitter sewage waves;
the brown of the canal matched
the brown in my hand

I wondered if I would be washed away.

Angelia Miranda  18, Kent

 
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