“Mouthful of Grass” by Nikki Corina Dela Rosa

A mouthful of grass, choked, 
but here I stand before you. 

     Dry mouthful of grass, hanged 
     for healing a sick man. 

          Red mouthful of grass, banned 
          from opening glass glued eyes. 

               Grass in my mouth, I once knew 
               bitterness, but sweet is what it sounds.

Nikki Corina Dela Rosa is a revolutionary queer poet located in Tongva land (Los Angeles, CA). She is the daughter of proletariat Filipino immigrants. Her writings dissect intersectionality issues and ecopoetics.

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