With razorblade eyes The Filipina is most sincere
With too much water And will make a very good wife.
With animal teeth The Filipina is a loyal partner,
We sometimes kill Deserving of all your love.
With splintered hands The Filipina is the total package,
With too much life Much more than meets the eye.
With ribcage unlocked The Filipina is not for you,
We wither your roots If you cannot handle her claws.
Source: Poetry (May 2014).
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This poem originally appeared in the May 2014 issue of Poetry magazine
Poems by Barbara Jane Reyes