International Literary Exchange: What I tried to tell you, yesterday, by Chloe Higgins

international literary exchange, Poetry

yesterday

 

i watched a bird fall from

the sky was yellow and (a)round

the trees hung circles of

 

yours was yellow blood

that seeped into mine

 

even the blind could see

when seven thousand ribbons

were strung midway

between your ribcage and navel

 

yesterday

i watched

a bird fall

 

(This poem is a response to Lina Sagaral-Reyes’ poem, The story I would have wanted to tell you had I met you yesterday. Both poems are about a young activist, Emmanuel Gutierrez, who was killed during the Yellow Revolution in the Philippines.)

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