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Water, the first and only route,
and so, our roots and namings—
tau, people of the current; taga-ilog,
river folk; maynila, place of water
lilies—no surprise that my mother
landed in a cold hand surrounded
by lakes, eerie and superior. No surprise,
I found my way to the sound.

Root/Route

Water, the first and only route,
and so, our roots and namings—
tau, people of the current; taga-ilog,
river folk; maynila, place of water
lilies—no surprise that my mother
landed in a cold hand surrounded
by lakes, eerie and superior. No surprise,
I found my way to the sound.

Michelle Penaloza  33, Seattle

 
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