Dust

By 
Sarah Kabamba

he traces the tattoo
of Africa on my back
tells me how he wants
to go back to Sierra Leone
I want to ask him
how he can love a mother
land that chewed and spit
him out like broken teeth
but when I open my mouth
all I can taste is the grittiness
of sand. I’m scared
he’ll smell the graveyard I carry
behind my lips

Sarah Kabamba is a word-obsessed, tea-loving, fourth-year Law student with an English Minor. She believes in the power of words in constructing identity and recognizing the importance of family, beliefs, and culture. She currently resides in Ottawa, where she writes and reads as much as she can.

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