national anthology of the best undergraduate writing 2014
Honorable Mention in Poetry

Motherland

Maya Osbourne  • 
Bard College

She—a dead mango seed,

a burnt redemption song

he got that slave ship love

skin chalked in sea sunset.

siren of maroon speak,

call him fishbelly-white.

call me the Two-Faced One.

daughter of the red sea

sister to the mississippi

a twisted mother-tongue.

i’ll be an uprising when

Home splits

and splinters

like sugarcane,

into dust.