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  • Writer's pictureMarías at Sampaguitas

Poetry by Leila Nicar

you are


flat cap and cane

gravel voice

backyard garden of eden


green thumb yellow teeth

tomato cheeks on brown skin

sun-dried and wrinkly


lola’s laugh bisaya-thick

eight children

picked mango trees


raised in rice paddies

split-root family

planted in pins on the map


every face on the mantel

wearing the same

flat nose



Leila Nicar (she/her) is an occupant of the unceded Kwantlen, Musqueam, Tsawwassen, Katzie, Semiahmoo, Qayqayt, and Kwikwetlem territories (otherwise known as Surrey, BC). Fourth-year creative writing major at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. Writer of emotionally-charged words. Animation enthusiast. Lover of mountains, playlists, and Cinnamon Toast Crunch.


Instagram: @Cabeswhatever

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