M T C Cronin – THE NATIVES CAME BEARING GIFTS

They placed on a growing heap
All the goods they had brought
….Later we would each take
……..What we wanted

Rosario Baluyot
Posthumously famous
Ten years old
Eyes blue as eyeshadow
Raw mouth
Split like a tomato
Body not cooked
Breasts just starting to rise
No Clothes
Maria at her throat
Mickey Mouse socks
In a handbag
Four stitches in a cut
Between her eyes
A Broken vibrator
Rammed up
Between her legs
Still alive after two daylights
Curio lying
On a hill of garbage
Right outside
The naval base
On a hill of garbage

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