Volume 4 Number 1
2011

 

Survival of the Fittest

Katie Hae Leo

Every day at the school yard’s border
they abandoned him,
that day’s untouchable.
Unlucky boy.

From inside the foreign countries
of their bodies
they planted their flags
	and punished him.

The names that cut were learned
over supper tables
and wielded like pins
to put him in place with,

	proof that he was different,
proof that separation was 
as natural to us as air.

So they flooded him with words
old and cruel as the ocean,
cut a hole the size of an idea
for the quiet boy to drown in.