Secondhand Lineage By H. Yenna Kim

Secondhand Lineage

I still can’t look at an airplane
without wishing i was on it

in another country, i am
raking dulcet rice
from sundered peninsula

in this one, you sterilize
a millennium in me,

and my father rejects polarity

his callouses once kissed
the vertebrae
of every high-rise building

he says, chin up warrior,
we birthed this city

hold a matchstick between
your teeth

i am his asian girl dressed
in pornographic slang

i hold a machete to your warfare,
you part me like the jindo sea

to you, i am yellow fever
parasitic suckle
at your motherland’s breast

you reduce my name to flight

By H. Yenna Kim

Biography:

H. Yenna Kim is 16, queer, and uses both she and they pronouns. They write as a method of coping and hope to publish a book of poetry one day.

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