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April 16, 2018
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my grandmother steals sharks’ teeth
off the sand, hushing the water’s hisses,


& my mother strains octopus ink drop-by-drop
to smudge across the eyelids of her daughters,
the shrieks of cephalopods sending ripples seawide,


& my smallest sister says mangrove trees
are fairy forests, but i still snag their sprigs,


ink slipping down my cheeks like saltwater
and teeth wrapped round my neck like pearls —


the tropics’ most wanted thief.

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