Bones Uncovered in the Dirt
A daughter I’ll never have
lies buried in the garden.
During siestas, she holds my hands,
asking me to open my eyes.
But I am terrified of seeing her face—
what if I see my father in the tilt of her head,
my mother in the sigh
of her lungs?
What if I see an old family history
scribbled on her skin
with a black sharpie,
but she’ll never claim that inheritance?
This poem was previously published by Public Pool
By Saquina Karla C. Guiam
Saquina Karla C. Guiam is a writer from General Santos City, Philippines. Her work has appeared on Glass: A Journal of Poetry, Djed Press, Outlook Springs, The Maine Review, and others. She is the Roots nonfiction editor of Rambutan Literary and the Social Media Manager of Umbel & Panicle, a new literary magazine about all things botanical.