local_library when one is too much & not enough

by Estelle

Published in Issue No. 286 ~ March, 2021

thoughts don’t turn off tonight /

which is nothing new. /

I feel /

for the infant / grief/,

fingertips brushing / the ache of its / latch-

/ sleep still stumbling /

between the fruit / I have feared to pick /

and the fruit / I have swallowed /

too deep.

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Estelle Vav is a queer Asian-American poet. Their writing empathetically gives voice to unheard, personal experiences of trauma, diaspora, and queerness, as well as encourages reflection of new perspectives. As a young social worker, they have found that words can be the most powerful truths we speak.