By | 1 February 2021

(kiskis kuskus/
kiskis kuskus)

rub your skin with
glutathione soap
until it rips the veins
in your blood

erase every spot,
as if robbing every
line of your
generation’s fate,

tell me –
so you would want to have
the same undertones
as your grandparent’s

tell me –
in your skin
bleached with
the idea of race
to being
to belong

they’ve taken away what
is supposedly yours.
and now what is yours will
never be supposedly whole.

kiskis, kuskus are Filipino words for scrub.

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