Poem 1 (5.2)

 Teesta Review: A Journal of Poetry, Volume 5, Number 2. November 2022. ISSN: 2581-7094

within us

--- Dominic Guerrera  


within us, we carry stories of our creation

they rest in our mouths

we carve weapons with our tongues

our shields sit beneath our ribs


within us we carry

the frustrations of our ancestors

their dreams interrupted

a spiritual genocide


within us is land

country breathes into us

sovereignty over us

soil runs through the veins


within us are our identities

untouched by eugenics

framed by kin

we are whole


within us is legacy

there is no traditional

we are born into a continuation


within us, is each other


Interliminal Encounters: Indian and Australian writers in po(i)etic dialogue, eds Amelia Walker and Aden Burg