This World Poetry Day, we’re serving a sneak peek from ROOM 46.1 Around the Table: Asian Voices.
You Who The Earth Was For
After Jean Valentine
You fleeing war, carrying a rooster with your shaky hand.
You trained to pummel, never the first to wince or flinch.
You who plant their sadness into the dirt.
You whose questions have no gentle answers.
You who cook too close to the stove.
You at the table, missing the one not there.
You whose loss comes with a wordlessness.
You beside the rubble, out to build again.
You in the backseat being loved.
You running towards the water.
Don’t forget to RSVP for the launch of ROOM 46.1 Around the Table: Asian Voices, taking place Sunday, March 26!
“You Who The Earth Was For” by Steffi Tad-y was first published in ROOM 46.1 Around the Table: Asian Voices. Copyright © 2023 by Steffi Tad-y.